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Thursday, 17 August, 2000, 13:35 GMT 14:35 UK
Border clash in Kashmir
Indian patrol
An Indian patrol on the line of control in Kashmir
The Indian army says it has killed four Pakistani soldiers as they tried to attack an Indian border post in Kashmir.

The incident took place at Nowshera, along the line of control which divides Indian and Pakistani forces in Kashmir.

But the Associated Press reports that the Pakistan army has denied a confrontation has taken place.

An Indian army spokesman said the attack took place late on Wednesday, 150 km north of Jammu, the winter capital of Indian-administered Kashmir.

He said Indian soldiers switched on search lights when they detected "movement in the area".

"On seeing the search lights a nearby Pakistani post opened heavy volume of mortar and heavy machine gun fire on our positions," the spokesman said.

Kashmir map
"In the retaliatory fire by our troops, four Pakistani soldiers were killed," he added.

The spokesman said three of the bodies were dragged back into Pakistan while a fourth body was recovered by India.

But the version has been disputed by a Pakistani army spokesman.

"It's mere propaganda that Pakistani troops attacked an Indian post," Colonel Saulat Raza told the Associated Press.

"We are trying to de-escalate tension at the line of control, while the Indian propaganda is aimed at increasing tension," he said.

Land mine blast

In a separate incident, two Indian soldiers were killed in a landmine explosion in the mountainous Himalayan region of Pir Panjal.

The Hizbul Mujahideen militant group says it carried out the attack.

Tensions have risen in Indian-administered Kashmir ever since the Hizbul Mujahideen called off a short-lived ceasefire earlier this month.

The unilateral offer, by the Hizbul, had raised hopes of a possible peace effort aimed at resolving the long-standing Kashmir dispute.

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