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India says Pakistani shooting kills three soldiers in Kashmir | India

Indian troops say Pakistan has fired on the LoC indiscriminately, killing two Indian soldiers, while another was killed overnight.

Three Indian soldiers killed in Pakistani shooting at disputed border with Indian rule Kashmir, Indian army said.

Indian army spokesman Rajesh Kalia said Pakistan had exploded indiscriminately in the Nowgam sector on Thursday, killing two Indian soldiers and wounding four.

Another Indian soldier was killed in a night fire by Pakistani troops in the Poonch sector, he said.

“Our troops responded strongly to enemy fire,” Kalia said.

Pakistan has accused Indian forces of violating a ceasefire in the region and injuring a civilian.

Shelling often explodes along the Line of Control (LoC) line, the de facto boundary that divides the Kashmir region both claimed by national nuclear nations but entirely governed.


7;s Foreign Office said in a statement on Thursday that it had summoned an elderly Indian diplomat to Islamabad to protest against ceasefire violations by Indian forces with the LoC a day earlier, in which a 65 year old civilian in Jandrot sector injured.

Earlier on Thursday, foreign ministry spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri accused New Delhi of rising tensions along the LoC “to divert the world’s attention from human rights violations in Kashmir that occupied by India.

The statement said India had committed 2,404 ceasefire violations this year, resulting in 19 deaths and injuries to 192 civilians.

India says Pakistani troops often fire to help armed fighters get through the LoC to join a decade-long uprising.

Pakistan says it only provides moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiri people fighting for self-determination.

Continuous tension

Tensions between the two countries escalated in February 2019 when a suicide bomb killed 40 Indian paramilitary soldiers in the Indian-occupied Kashmir.

India responds to air raids within Pakistan’s territory.

Pakistan shot down one of the planes in Kashmir and captured a pilot who was later released.

India says the attacks were targeted at Pakistan-based fighters responsible for the suicide bombing.

Relations have been strained since August last year, when India revoked its semi-autonomous Muslim status which was largely divided into regions into two federal-controlled Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh territories, held by the anger on both sides of the border.

The violence comes amid escalating tensions between India and China along with their disputed border in the Ladakh region, where two Asian giants are trapped in a month of bitter conflict.

In recent months, the two countries have mobilized tens of thousands of additional troops in the militarized region. In June, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash in a high ridge between soldiers using clubs, rocks and their fists.

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