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Indian troops kill several in Kashmir: Pakistan

Islamabad: Pakistan's military says Indian troops have fired across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region, killing another soldier and bringing the death toll to six in less than 24 hours.

Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor in a tweet said "another brave son of soil lost his life in the line of duty" in Buttal town.

Pakistan's Mohammad Aslam shows a picture of his son Taimoor Aslam, who he said lost his life at the Kashmir border (Line of Control) on Thursday.

Pakistan's Mohammad Aslam shows a picture of his son Taimoor Aslam, who he said lost his life at the Kashmir border (Line of Control) on Thursday.Credit:AP

Pakistan's military and police said on Thursday that Indian firing killed two civilians and three soldiers in Pakistan's part of Kashmir, which is split between the nuclear-armed rivals and claimed by both in its entirety.

It comes as the family of a Kashmiri journalist working with a regional English daily says he has been detained by Indian armed forces.

Irfan Amin Malik, 26, and works for Greater Kashmir, one of the largest circulating newspapers in the region.

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Malik's father Mohammed Amin Malik said Malik was taken into custody late Wednesday night at his house in Tral in Pulwama, a southern district in Kashmir. He said, "We are worried about our son."

Tensions have increased between the neighbours since New Delhi downgraded the autonomy of the part of Kashmir it controls last week.

India also deployed thousands of additional troops to the region and imposed an unprecedented lockdown now in place for a 12th day to try to prevent any outburst of violence after Friday prayers.

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On Friday India's top court is scheduled to hear petitions challenging the revoked status and the lockdown, which includes a near-constant curfew and a news blackout.

The petitions were filed by an advocate and by the Kashmir Times editor, Anuradha Bhasin.

AP

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