India says two soldiers killed by 'Pakistani Army'

Indian Army claims Pakistani forces killed two Indian soldiers in firing along de facto border region of Kashmir

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

The Indian Army on Monday evening claimed that Pakistani forces killed two Indian soldiers in firing along the heavily militarized de facto border which divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Army officials have reported that the incident took place in the Gurez area of Bandipora district.

An Indian security officer said on condition of anonymity that the soldiers were killed after Pakistani troops fired machine guns and grenades.

The source did not mention whether Indian forces responded with their own barrage to the firing by Pakistan.

Senior authorities in Islamabad are yet to comment on the most recent occurrence of battling in the unpredictable region.

The two countries have often blamed each other for the escalating violence on their border, which has remained high for the last year.

India also accuses Pakistan of training and arming the rebels and sending them into Indian-held Kashmir for attacks, a charge Pakistan denies.

The last incident happened days before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's planned visit to Indian-administered Kashmir.

Kashmir is divided between India, Pakistan and China and suffers from ongoing violence and conflict.

Pakistan and India have fought to take full control of the region since they were partitioned in 1947.

The conflict between Pakistan and India has been on-going in the disputed territory of Kashmir since 1989. Muslim residents in the Indian-held portion demand independence or a merger with Pakistan, which holds the western part of it.

The dispute has left over 68,000 people dead over 26 years, as well as two wars have broken out between the two countries over the territory.

TRTWorld and agencies