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Pakistani army says India's border fire kills 2 civilians

Pakistani villagers show remains of artillery allegedly fired by Indian forces at the border village of Chaprar situated on the Pakistan-Indian border, in Pakistan, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. Pakistan and India say a cross-border exchange in the disputed region of Kashmir has caused fatalities, trading accusations over the latest shootings. Pakistan says "unprovoked" firing from the Indian side killed a villager and a year-and-a-half-old child. India said the shooting killed one of its soldiers and a 6-year-old boy. The shooting began overnight and continued into the morning hours. Both countries claim the territory of Kashmir in its entirety. (AP Photo/Shahid Ikram)

Pakistani villagers show remains of artillery allegedly fired by Indian forces at the border village of Chaprar situated on the Pakistan-Indian border, in Pakistan, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. Pakistan and India say a cross-border exchange in the disputed region of Kashmir has caused fatalities, trading accusations over the latest shootings. Pakistan says "unprovoked" firing from the Indian side killed a villager and a year-and-a-half-old child. India said the shooting killed one of its soldiers and a 6-year-old boy. The shooting began overnight and continued into the morning hours. Both countries claim the territory of Kashmir in its entirety. (AP Photo/Shahid Ikram)  (The Associated Press)

Pakistan's army says Indian troops fired "unprovoked" across the border between the two sides in the contested region of Kashmir, killing two Pakistani villagers, including a year-and-a-half-old child.

Monday's statement says the firing came overnight from three sectors near the Sialkot district and also wounded seven other villagers. It says the Pakistani troops are responding to the attack.

Tensions have risen in the region since last month, when India claimed it conducted "surgical strikes" against militants on Pakistani soil. The Indian airstrikes were in response to a September attack that killed 19 Indian soldiers in the disputed Kashmir.

India accuses Pakistan of helping Islamic insurgents in the Himalayan region of Kashmir, which both countries claim in its entirety. Pakistan rejects the allegation.

There was no immediate comment from New Delhi.