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2 Indian soldiers killed by Pakistani troops along LoC in Kashmir

English.news.cn 2013-01-08 23:45:58

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- A group of Pakistani troops Tuesday intruded in Indian-controlled Kashmir near Line of Control (LoC) and killed two Indian soldiers, Indian defense officials said.
The incident took place along the LoC in Mankote-Mendhar belt of frontier Poonch district, around 185 km southwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.
"Two troopers laid down their lives while fighting the Pakistani troops today in Mendhar sector," said Lt Col Rajesh Kalia, spokesman for the Indian army's Northern Command. "A group of Pakistani regular soldiers intruded in the Mendhar sector taking advantage of thick fog and mist in the forested area. When an alert area domination patrol spotted and engaged the intruders, the firefight between Pakistan and our troops continued for approximately half an hour after which the intruders retreated back."
The slain Indian troops were identified as Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh.
Additional Director General of Public Information (ADGPI), General S L Narasimhan told a New Delhi based English news channel that Pakistani troops also mutilated body of a soldier.
"We have come to know one body of the slain trooper has been mutilated," Narasimhan told Times Now television channel.
Unconfirmed reports said the Pakistani troopers have also snatched weapons of the slain Indian soldiers.
"This is yet another grave provocation by Pakistani army which is being taken up sternly through official channels," said Kalia.
On Sunday, Pakistan claimed that Indian army entered into their territory in Haji Pir sector in Uri around 110 km northwest of Srinagar city and attacked their post killing one trooper. The claim, however, was rejected by Indian army saying only an exchange of fire took place between the two sides.
New Delhi and Islamabad in 2003 agreed on a ceasefire along the International Border and LoC in Kashmir. Though some violations have been reported on both sides, the ceasefire remains in effect.
Defense officials say intrusion of India and Pakistan troopers into each other's territory was unheard of in the recent past.
Kashmir, the Himalayan region situated between India and Pakistan is claimed by both in full. Since their Independence from British, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir.

Pakistan rejects Indian claim of border attack
English.news.cn 2013-01-08 23:46:16
ISLAMABAD, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani military on Tuesday rejected Indian claim that Pakistani troops sneaked into Indian- controlled Kashmir and ambushed an army patrol party, killing two Indian soldiers.

"Pakistani military denied Indian allegation of unprovoked firing," a Pakistani military official said.

Indian officials earlier said the attack took place along the Line of Control (LoC), a de facto border between India and Pakistan in the disputed Kashmir region, when Pakistanis came about 100 metres into Indian-controlled Kashmir and assaulted the patrol party.

Pakistani army dismissed the charge as propaganda.

"It looks like Indian propaganda to divert attention from Sunday raid on a Pakistani post by Indian troops in which a Pakistani soldier was killed," the Pakistani military official said.

Pakistan said that one soldier was killed and another injured by the Indian forces on the Pakistan side of the LoC on Sunday.

The Pakistani army said that Indian troops had crossed the LoC in Haji Pir Sector in Bagh district and raided a Pakistani checkpost.

Lull in fighting has been sporadically broken by border forces since Pakistan and India declared ceasefire along the LoC in November 2003.

Pakistan and India have fought three wars, two over Kashmir, since their independence from the British rule in 1947.

Relations between the nuclear-armed rivals, which deteriorated after the 2008 Mumbai attacks, have improved over the past few years.