2 soldiers killed in Kashmir, says India

Kashmiri Shiite Muslims are detained by Indian policemen as devotees defy restrictions for a Muharram procession in Srinagar in this October 24, 2015 photo.

Kashmiri Shiite Muslims are detained by Indian policemen as devotees defy restrictions for a Muharram procession in Srinagar in this October 24, 2015 photo.


Two Indian army soldiers were killed by Pakistani firing on Monday along the heavily militarized de facto border dividing Kashmir between the two countries, an Indian army officer said.

Pakistani troops fired machine guns and grenades at Indian positions in the Gurez sector in violation of a 2003 cease-fire agreement between the two countries, the officer said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

There was no immediate comment from Pakistan.

The cease-fire along the India-Pakistan line of control has largely held since 2003, but gunbattles and border skirmishes are fairly common, with each side routinely blaming the other.

Pakistan and India have fought two of their three wars over the disputed Kashmir region. Each controls part of Kashmir but both claim it in its entirety.

Some insurgent groups have been fighting since 1989 for Kashmir’s independence from India or merger with Pakistan.


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