Pakistani soldier killed by fire from Indian side in Kashmir
Sep. 15, 2015
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military accused neighboring India of killing a Pakistani soldiers by resorting to what it called "unprovoked firing" in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
In a statement, the military said Pakistani troops responded after coming under attack in Pakistan's part of Kashmir. It gave no further details on the incident.
An Indian army officer claimed that Pakistani troops had initiated the exchange of fire, saying that Indian troops returned fire and that there were no casualties on the Indian side.
The latest exchange took place in the same area of Kashmir where Pakistani fire on Sunday killed an Indian soldier, said the officer, speaking on condition of anonymity because as he was not authorized to talk to reporters.
Skirmishes are frequent between the two sides, which routinely blame each other for initiating fire.
India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir. The region is divided between them but claimed by both it in its entirety.
Tuesday's incident came days after Pakistani border officers met with their Indian counterparts in New Delhi to discuss how to avoid skirmishes, which also cause civilian casualties on both sides.
Associated Press writer Aijaz Hussain in Srinagar, India, contributed to this report