The Indian army has said that it killed a Pakistani soldier who had crossed the internationally agreed ‘Line of Control’ (LoC) which separates the Indian and Pakistani controlled areas of disputed Kashmir on Thursday.
Two Indian soldiers were also injured in a gun battle between the two sides. According to the Indian army the incident occured in the Nowshera sector. The Pakistani army has acknowledged that the soldier crossed into Indian controlled territory, but claimed that it was an accidental incursion after the soldier lost his way.
“We detected some suspicious movement yesterday near the LoC inside our territory and the challengers from our side fired and in the ensuing firefight he was killed,” army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Rajesh Kalia told AFP. “At that time we did not know he was a Pakistani soldier. We killed an infiltrator,” he added.
Over the 60 years that Kashmir has been claimed by both India and Pakistan, exchanges of gun fire have been common but fatalities have been rare since a ceasefire between the two sides in 2003. In recent months, however, this situation seems to have deteriorated. Last month saw the most deadly violence in years, with a series of cross-border attacks.