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By Alasdair Pal

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India on Sunday denied allegations by its arch-rival Pakistan that New Delhi had helped fund militant groups on Pakistani soil, with a foreign ministry spokesman dismissing them as "fabricated" and "figments of imagination".

Pakistan's foreign minister said on Saturday the country would present its evidence to the United Nations and other international bodies.

"This desperate attempt will find few takers as the international community is aware of Pakistan's tactics," India's foreign ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said in a statement.

He added that Pakistan itself funds militants - an allegation Islamabad also denies.

The nuclear-armed neighbours - that have fought three wars since both won independence from colonial power Britain - have long accused each other of equipping insurgents.

But Saturday's announcement by Pakistan's foreign minister and military at a news conference in the capital Islamabad provided a heightened level of detail and specific accusations.

They said they had obtained documents that showed New Delhi had met with and funded members of the Pakistani Taliban, as well as Baloch insurgent groups from the southern province of Balochistan who have claimed responsibility for attacks on Chinese interests as part of an effort to sabotage China's $65 billion Belt and Road investment plan in Pakistan.

India, meanwhile, has long alleged that Pakistan has founded, trained and funded secessionist militant groups operating in the Kashmir valley, a Himalayan region claimed by both countries but administered by New Delhi.

(Reporting by Alasdair Pal in New Delhi; editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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A shooting suspect is at large in #Maryland after a 53-year-old man was found shot and killed, police said. #DailyVoice #homicideA homicide suspect is at large after a fatal midday shooting of a 53-year-old man in Maryland, authorities announced.

Members of the St. Mary's County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 21600 block of Great Mills Road in Lexington Park shortly before 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9, where there were multiple reports of a shooting in the area.

Upon arrival, deputies said that they found a Great Mills man - whose name has not been released - suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Lifesaving measures were attempted, and the man was transported to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced dead from the gunshot wounds, according to investigators.

The incident remains under investigation by detectives and members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab.

No suspect has been identified, nor has a motive for the shooting been released.

Anyone with information regarding the homicide has been asked to contact Det. Warren Forinash at the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office by calling (301) 475-4200 ext. 78072 or by texting a tip to “TIP239” with the message to “CRIMES” (274637).

Tipsters using the Crime Solvers Program will also be eligible for a $1,000 reward, officials noted, as long as the suspect is arrested and prosecuted for the alleged homicide.

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