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Kashmir violence: 11 killed as Indian forces battle 'militants'

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Kashmir violence: 11 killed as Indian forces battle 'militants'

The latest infiltration bid comes as New Delhi and Islamabad are locked in a bitter diplomatic war of words following the Uri terror attack, which India has blamed on militants from Pakistan.

India regularly accuses its arch-rival of arming and sending rebels across the border that divides Kashmir between the two countries, to launch attacks on its forces.

The suspected infiltration took place near the town of Uri, the site of Sunday's attack on the army base.

On September 6, the Pakistani troops were accused of firing small arms and mortars to target the Indian positions and forward posts in Shahpur Kandi area along the de facto border Poonch sector.

Hasina, who is now in NY to attend the 71st UN General Assembly, said she is deeply saddened to learn about the dastardly terrorist attack on the army base on September 18.

"It became clear that a cover was being provided to infiltrators from Pakistan".

The meeting took stock of the unprovoked firing from across the border.

In the other operation, a group of heavily armed militants was challenged by the security forces in Nowgam area of Kupwara district near the LoC, police sources said.

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On the other hand, NIA on Tuesday filed a FIR in the Uri terror strike case and a six-member team will be visiting the site of the attack to collect the evidence, sources said.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has strongly condemned the recent dastardly terrorist attack on an army base at Uri in the Indian state of Kashmir on Sunday, saying the attack has deeply saddened her.

Villagers gather to pay homage to Indian army soldier Gangadhar Dalai, who was killed in a militant attack in Uri, Kashmir, prior to his cremation in Jamuna Balia village, west of Kolkata, India, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016.

The operation was still on as five to six militants were believed to have been engaged in the heavy exchange of fire.

In a statement, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, without taking Pakistans name, said every country is responsible for taking decisive action against terrorism emanating from its territory.

Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Director General Military Operations (DGMO), said, "It actually indicates a desperate attempt from across the Line of Control to infiltrate more terrorists into Kashmir with with the aim of creating a disturbance and fomenting unrest in our area".

India has directly blamed Pakistan for the Uri terror attack and has chose to isolate the country globally. Pakistan has rejected India's claims as "unfounded and premature".

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