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India, Pakistan trade blame over border clashes

NEW DELHI — Leaders in India and Pakistan traded blame Thursday for cross-border attacks that have killed at least 18 civilians in recent days and forced thousands from their homes, officials said.

Villagers in the region have fled an unusually intense spate of mortar shelling that has gone on for more than a week along the border between India and Pakistan, one of the most highly militarized zones in the world. It is some of the worst violence between the nuclear-armed neighbors since a 2003 cease-fire.

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