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India Claims Soldier Killed in LoC Firing

by AFP
Tauseef Mustafa—AFP

Tauseef Mustafa—AFP

Army spokesman says forces did not return fire, have lodged a protest with the Pakistan Army.

India claimed one of its soldiers was killed when Pakistani troops fired early Monday across the border in Kashmir, the latest in a series of deadly flare-ups in the disputed Himalayan region.

The soldier was killed just after midnight at an army post along the northern part of the heavily militarized border that divides the two countries in Kashmir, an Indian army spokesman said. India did not fire back and instead lodged a protest with the Pakistan Army over a hotline, said the army’s spokesman in Srinagar, Naresh Vig.

“It is a ceasefire violation. A junior commissioned officer was killed as Pakistani soldiers fired at an Indian army post in Uri sector at 12:15 a.m.,” Vig said.

The incident came hours after senior officials of the two armies held scheduled phone talks on Sunday aimed at easing tensions in the region that has recently seen some of the worst firing since a ceasefire agreement a decade ago.

Both sides have accused each other of violating the truce agreed in 2003.

India’s Border Security Force said last week that 50 frontier posts had been targeted in an escalation of small arms firing and shelling over the last month—despite public pledges to reduce tensions there. Pakistan, in turn, accused India of killing a Rangers soldier and two civilians last Wednesday during firing and injuring 26 civilians.

There has been sporadic shooting since 2003 along the border called the Line of Control that separates Kashmir into Indian and Pakistani sectors.

But the recent rise in incidents has caused alarm. The subject was raised by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif at the United Nations in New York last month, when they pledged to improve conditions to build trust.

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