• In this Monday, March 28, 2016 photo, women try to comfort a Christian mother who lost her son in bomb attack, claimed responsibility by Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, in Lahore, Pakistan. One of Pakistan’s most vicious militant groups, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, has dramatically stepped its attacks over the past month in what appears to be a backlash to military operations against it. It has eclipsed the Pakistani Taliban as the main militant group in a country where multiple armed extremist factions operate. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary, File)

    Pakistan militant group jumps to prominence with attacks

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — One of Pakistan’s most vicious militant groups has dramatically stepped up its attacks over the past month, striking mosques, Christians and security forces in attacks that have killed more than 60 people in what appears to be a backlash to military operations against it.

  • A Kashmiri Muslim protester holds a bamboo stick as stands in tear gas smoke during a protest after funeral prayers in absentia for Pakistani soldiers killed in cross border firing in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. Pakistan on Thursday said two of its soldiers were killed in an "unprovoked" attack when India fired across the border of the disputed region of Kashmir, while India said it had carried out a "surgical strike" against terrorists, in an exchange that marks an escalation in tensions between the uneasy and nuclear-armed neighbors. Pakistan and India often trade fire in Kashmir, a Himalayan region that is split between the two countries and claimed by both in its entirety. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Pakistan: Indian fire kills 2 Pakistani soldiers in Kashmir

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India said Thursday it carried out “surgical strikes” against militants across the highly militarized frontier that divides the Kashmir region between India and Pakistan, in an exchange that escalated tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors.