An Indian officer and two soldiers have been killed in “violent” clashes with Chinese forces in the Ladakh province, according to an Indian army statement released on Tuesday.
“A violent face-off took place [Monday] night with casualties. The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers,” the army’s statement said.
Shortly after, the Indian army updated its statement to include that there were “casualties on both sides.”
In addition to the deaths, 34 Indian soldiers are missing, a source told The Telegraph later in the day.
According to a local media source, there were no bullets fired but stones and clubs were used during the clashes.
However, China’s foreign ministry said the country was “unaware of the situation,” Reuters reported.
The ministry reportedly called on Indian “not to take unilateral actions or stir up trouble.”
Both Chinese and Indian military officials are meeting in order to “defuse the situation,” according to the Indian army.
“The incident is the first such confrontation between the two Asian giants since 1975 in which soldiers have died,” the Associated Press reported. Adding, “India and China fought a border war in 1962 that also spilled into Ladakh.”
The two neighboring countries have tried to settle the border dispute since the 1900s but have failed, according to the Associated Press.