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India, Pakistan trade fire and blame along Kashmir border

  • Kashmiri seaparatist leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, shouts slogans during a protest march to the Grand mosque in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Authorities on Friday imposed curfew in some parts of Srinagar to foil a pro-freedom march to the Grand mosque called by separatist leaders. The march was called in protest after no one was allowed to pray inside the mosque on Fridays for nearly 16 weeks. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Kashmiri seaparatist leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, shouts slogans during a protest march to the Grand mosque in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Authorities on Friday imposed curfew in some parts of Srinagar to foil a pro-freedom march to the Grand mosque called by separatist leaders. The march was called in protest after no one was allowed to pray inside the mosque on Fridays for nearly 16 weeks. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Masked Kashmiri protesters throw stones at Indian paramilitary soldiers during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.  Authorities on Friday imposed curfew in some parts of Srinagar to foil a pro-freedom march to the Grand mosque called by separatist leaders. The march was called in protest after no one was allowed to pray inside the mosque on Fridays for nearly 16 weeks. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Masked Kashmiri protesters throw stones at Indian paramilitary soldiers during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Authorities on Friday imposed curfew in some parts of Srinagar to foil a pro-freedom march to the Grand mosque called by separatist leaders. The march was called in protest after no one was allowed to pray inside the mosque on Fridays for nearly 16 weeks. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indian paramilitary soldiers chase Kashmiri Muslim protesters during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Authorities on Friday imposed curfew in some parts of Srinagar to foil a pro-freedom march to the Grand mosque called by separatist leaders. The march was called in protest after no one was allowed to pray inside the mosque on Fridays for nearly 16 weeks. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Indian paramilitary soldiers chase Kashmiri Muslim protesters during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Authorities on Friday imposed curfew in some parts of Srinagar to foil a pro-freedom march to the Grand mosque called by separatist leaders. The march was called in protest after no one was allowed to pray inside the mosque on Fridays for nearly 16 weeks. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

An Indian paramilitary officer says a civilian and a soldier have been killed in firing by Pakistani troops along the volatile frontier in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

The officer said Pakistani soldiers fired mortars and automatic gunfire at several border posts in Jammu region on Friday in an "unprovoked" violation of the cease-fire accord between India and Pakistan in the contested region.

The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to provide information to the media.

A senior officer with India's Border Security Force, Arun Kumar, said border guards have killed 15 Pakistani soldiers in "retaliatory firing and shelling" since last week.

Pakistan's army denied the Indian claim.

Troops from the two countries have regularly traded fire in recent weeks, causing casualties on both sides.