India, Pakistan trade fire in Kashmir; 2 dead, 8 wounded

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Indian officials say two paramilitary soldiers have been killed and eight civilians wounded when Pakistani soldiers attacked dozens of forward posts along the highly militarized frontier in disputed Kashmir.

The fighting comes barely a week after the two nuclear-armed rivals agreed to stop trading fire along the volatile frontier and uphold a cease-fire accord dating back 15 years.

Top police officer S.D. Singh says authorities are first trying to evacuate sick and injured villagers living near the frontier in bulletproof vehicles amid intense shelling and automatic gunfire.

Indian border guards say Pakistan "yet again blatantly" violated the 2003-cease-fire agreement and they are retaliating.

Pakistan did not immediately comment.

India and Pakistan have a long history of bitter relations over Kashmir, which both claim.