SRINAGAR: India and Pakistan have exchanged artillery fire in the disputed Kashmir region forcing hundreds of people to flee, police in Indian Kashmir said.
It was not clear what triggered the latest fighting on Saturday in the Uri sector on the Line of Control (LoC).
But tension has been running high since an attack on an Indian army camp in Kashmir this month in which six soldiers were killed.
Police superintendent Imtiaz Hussain alleged artillery shells fired by the Pakistan army fell in the Uri area and hundreds of villagers had fled from their homes.
Indian forces returned artillery fire, an Indian officer claimed, the first time the heavy guns had been used since a 2003 ceasefire along the disputed frontier.
There was no immediate comment from Pakistan.
About 700 people were sheltering at school in Uri, Hussain said.—Reuters