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Pakistan, India exchange gunfire in disputed Kashmir incident

By Andrew V. Pestano
Pakistan, India exchange gunfire in disputed Kashmir incident
Indian Border Security Force soldiers stand guard during night patrol near the fence of the India-Pakistan border at the outpost of Akhnoor sector on October 2. On Monday, India and Pakistan disputed a shooting incident that occurred in which the Indian Army said two officers were killed. File Photo by Jaipal Singh/EPA

May 1 (UPI) -- Pakistan on Monday rejected India's accusation that Pakistani troops killed two Indian security members and mutilated their bodies at the Kashmir Line of Control.

The Indian army said a junior soldier and a Border Security Force officer were killed in an unprovoked shooting by Pakistan. Indian officials said the incident, in which both sides exchanged gunfire, occurred in the Poonch District between India and Pakistan.

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Indian officials said the Pakistani soldiers crossed the Line of Control, which serves as the de facto border between India and Pakistan, but did not cross the wire fence India uses as a boundary, NDTV reported.

"In an unsoldierly act by the [Pakistan] army, the bodies of two of our soldiers in the patrol were mutilated. Such despicable act of Pakistan army will be appropriately responded," India's Northern Command said in a statement.

Mohammed Nafees Zakaria, spokesperson for Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, rejected the accusations.

"Pakistan army did not commit any cease-fire violation on LoC as alleged by India. Indian blame of mutilating Indian soldiers is also false," he said in a statement. "Pakistan army is highly professional force and will never disrespect a soldier."

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India and Pakistan both contest the Kashmir Valley, which has led to two wars over control of the territory since independence from Britain in 1947.

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