Pakistan says Indian gunfire killed 1 soldier in Kashmir | Instant News


ISLAMABAD (AP) – Pakistan’s military said on Sunday that Indian troops opened fire across the border in the disputed Kashmir region, killing one soldier.

In a statement, it said Pakistani forces responded by targeting the Indian posts where the fire originated, causing “major damage” on the Indian side but gave no details.

The Indian army said its forces “appropriately” responded to Pakistani gunfire and shelling along the Line of Control on Saturday in the southern Rajouri district. They reported no damage or casualties.

India and Pakistan routinely accuse each other of unwarranted attacks along the tense Kashmir border that violate a 2003 ceasefire agreement. Pakistan says India has violated the ceasefire more than 2,000 times this year alone.

Kashmir is torn between nuclear-armed rivals and both claim it in its entirety. They have fought two wars over Kashmir since their independence from British rule in 1947.

Tensions escalated in February 2019, when a suicide bombing killed 40 Indian soldiers in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir, and India retaliated with air strikes inside Pakistan. Pakistan shot down one of the warplanes in Kashmir and captured a pilot who was immediately released. India said the attack targeted Pakistan-based militants responsible for the suicide bombings

Relations have been tense since August last year, when India revoked the semi-autonomous status of the decades-old Muslim-majority region, sparking outrage on both sides of the border. Since then, troops have exchanged fire frequently, leaving dozens of civilians and soldiers dead on both sides.

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