ISLAMABAD (AP) – The Pakistani military said Thursday its troops shot down a small Indian spy plane after violating the country’s airspace in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
In a statement, it was said that Pakistani forces dropped the drone when it “broke through 600 meters inside Pakistan” for surveillance along the Control Line dividing the part of Kashmir held by Pakistan and India.
The military released pictures of what it said were drones.
There were no direct comments from India on Thursday.
Kashmir is divided between Pakistan and India, both of which claim the territory as a whole. They have fought twice since their independence from British rule in 1947.
The military has been on high alert since last February, when India launched air strikes in Pakistan, saying it was targeting militants based in Pakistan responsible for suicide bombings that killed 40 Indian troops in Indian-run Kashmir.
Pakistan at that time retaliated and said it shot down two Indian jets. One Indian pilot was arrested and then released.
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