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SRINAGAR, India — India accused Pakistani troops on Wednesday of firing guns and mortars on at least 50 Indian border posts in disputed Kashmir, calling it the most serious cease-fire violation between the neighbors in a decade.

The attacks began Tuesday night in southern Kashmir after India’s home minister visited the region to review security, Border Security Force spokesman Vinod Yadav said. Indian troops returned fire, but one Indian guard was killed and six were injured by a shell fired at the Arnia post in the Jammu region, he said.

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At least 100 civilians were being moved from Arnia and Ramgarh near the frontier, police officer Rajesh Kumar said. Hundreds more were sheltering overnight in government camps away from gunfire, which had injured 12 civilians in recent days, officials said.

“These people usually go back to their homes in the day as the firing incidents mainly occur during the night,” said civil administrator Shantmanu, who uses one name.

While nearly 200 smaller violations of the 2003 cease-fire agreement have been reported this year, Yadav called the latest skirmishes the most serious in a decade. In most cases, India and Pakistan accuse each other of initiating the fighting.

India also regularly accuses Pakistan of supporting Kashmiri rebels who have been fighting on the Indian side since 1989 for independence or a merger with Pakistan. An estimated 68,000 people have been killed in the conflict, though most resistance is shown through street protests.

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