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Kashmir border skirmishes raise India-Pakistan tensions

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The shelling is the latest incident in this week's ongoing violence along the LoC. On Monday, according to The Telegraph, an Indian soldier was killed after a verbal exchange that occurred when several Pakistani troops allegedly crossed into Indian territory and were approached by Indian forces.

[Indian] Defence spokesman A.K. Mathur said in Srinagar: "A soldier in a track suit with a white flag in his hand was leading them and they were around 200 metres inside our territory. When our patrol saw them we did not open fire because they were carrying that flag."
The soldier who was leading the Indian patrol tried to move close to find out why the Pakistanis had crossed the LoC but was greeted with fire that killed him on the spot, he said.
Till late this evening, the two sides were still firing at each other and the body had not been recovered. The officer said though the body was on the Indian side, an attempt to recover it would expose more soldiers to Pakistani firing.
There were unconfirmed reports that four Pakistani soldiers had died.

The news website PakTribune reports that Pakistan officially denies knowledge of any exchange of fire between Pakistani and Indian forces. A Pakistani military official speaking anonymously, however, said that the Indian soldiers opened fire without provocation and the Pakistani soldiers only defended themselves.

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