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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pakistan, India Fire Missiles

NEW DELHI, India -- Tensions between India and Pakistan worsened Wednesday when each fired off tit-for-tat missile tests and New Delhi linked Islamabad to the massacre of 24 Hindus by unidentified gunmen.

Hours after India fired a short-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear weapon, Pakistan announced it had tested a similar missile. Each was capable of reaching cities in the other's country.

Also, officials in Pakistan said troops along its border with India traded heavy artillery and mortar fire, killing one Pakistani civilian and wounding 14 others.

India successfully fired a Prithvi missile from its Chandipur testing range in eastern Orissa state. The missile has a range of 150 kilometers. Baljit Singh Menon, a Defense Ministry spokesman, said the test was routine.

Pakistan tested one of its Abdali missiles, which can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads and has a range of less than 200 kilometers. Aziz Ahmed Khan, the spokesman for the Pakistani Foreign Ministry, would not say where the missile test was conducted, or at what time. "Pakistan has also test-fired a missile today, but we informed India about it," Khan said.

Tensions have increased since the massacre Monday in Indian-controlled Kashmir. The victims, which included two children and 11 women, were upper-caste Hindus known as Kashmiri Pandits. Police said they believed the gunmen were Islamic militants.