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Many deaths reported from Indian aerial strikes in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India, may 26 (AFP) – Indian aerial strikes on Moslem rebels in Kashmir Wednesday have led to several casualties, a defence source told AFP here.

The official said on condition of anonymity that there were “many deaths” but declined to give a precise toll.

Indian air force helicopters and fighter planes on Wednesday bombed Kashmir’s north-eastern Kargil zone, which New Delhi claims is infested with Pakistani-backed Moslem rebels.

India moved in some 12,000 soldiers in the Kargil region on May 10, a day after Pakistan began an artillery duel, which is still going on.

New Delhi says about 400 Pakistani-sponsored militants have entered Indian Territory under cover of Pakistani fire.

India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars over the northern state and have been waging an artillery duel for more than two weeks.