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Pakistan blamed for killing 3 civilians

SRINAGAR — Pakistani soldiers fired heavy weapons into Indian Kashmir and killed three civilians on Tuesday, the Indian Defense Ministry said, in the latest reported skirmish between the rival nations.

The Pakistanis opened fire near the village of Churunda, near the Line of Control that acts as the de facto border in the Kashmir region, according to the Indian statement.

Pakistani army officials blamed the clash on “unprovoked” Indian fire on a Pakistani army post.

Tensions between the countries last flared after the Mumbai attacks in 2008, which India blamed on Pakistan-based terrorists and “official agencies” of Pakistan, a charge Islamabad has denied.

Two of the three wars between India and Pakistan since their creation in 1947 have been fought over divided Kashmir, which both countries claim in full.


Lukashenko threatens immigrant invasion of EU

MINSK — President Alexander Lukashenko threatened Tuesday to let illegal migrants flow into the European Union in retaliation for sanctions on his country.

The EU has targeted Belarus with economic and travel sanctions over human rights abuses by Mr. Lukashenko’s authoritarian government.

Mr. Lukashenko said that the EU should pay Belarus for keeping the border sealed against illegal migrants.

He said Belarus no longer wants to devote resources to protecting the EU from the migrants, some of whom he said carry drugs, explosives and other forbidden items.

From wire dispatches and staff reports