Kashmir shelling resumes after 'spy plane' shot down

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Indian and Pakistan today resumed shelling along their Kashmir border, killing three people hours after Pakistan said its jets shot down an unmanned Indian spy plane, officials said.

Indian and Pakistan today resumed shelling along their Kashmir border, killing three people hours after Pakistan said its jets shot down an unmanned Indian spy plane, officials said.

The renewed fighting came as the US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage left the region after trying to persuade the nuclear-armed rivals to ease tensions along their border in the disputed province of Kashmir.

Both sides have amassed one million troops along the Line of Control, the cease-fire line dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, since New Delhi blamed Islamabad for a deadly attack by Islamic militants on its Parliament in December.

Today, one woman on the Indian side of the border was killed when Pakistani shells whistled into her village in the Arnia area, 30 kilometers (18 miles) west of the winter capital of Jammu, police said. Several other people were injured. In Balnoi, another Indian village, two men were killed and three others wounded in shelling, police said.

Hours earlier, Pakistan said its air force jets shot down an unmanned Indian spy plane, which crashed near Lahore, Pakistan's second largest city.

Pakistani officials said the plane was carrying an Israeli-made camera and caught fire moments after it came under attack late yesterday.

Media were escorted to the wreckage, badly charred and still smoking, in a sugar cane field 15 kilometers (10 miles) inside Pakistani air space in the village of Dogran Kalan, 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Lahore. Not much was left of the aircraft, but officials showed off the camera that they said had been aboard.

In New Delhi, a government official confirmed that the incident had taken place, and added that the defense ministry would soon make formal comments.

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