India says soldier killed by Pakistani firing in Kashmir

Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patrol as they are silhouetted against the setting sun at the fenced border with Pakistan. (File photo: Reuters)

Pakistani troops fired gunshots and mortar shells that killed an Indian soldier in northern Kashmir on Monday after a lull in the countries' cross-border firing, a paramilitary official said.

The soldier was killed instantly when Pakistani forces opened fire in the Samba border sector of the border, said D. Parekh of the Border Security Force. The Pakistanis fired at least 15 Indian border posts in the Samba and Kathua sectors on Monday, Parekh said.

Indian and Pakistani soldiers have fired across the border at different places for nearly six days in Kashmir, the Himalayan region claimed by both countries and divided between them. India and Pakistan have fought two wars over control of Kashmir since they won independence from Britain in 1947.

Around 1,500 people in Indian border villages were evacuated or fled their homes over the weekend. Some people went back to their homes and fields during a daytime lull in the firing on Sunday but returned to government-run relief camps later, said Shantmanu, a government official, who uses one name.

India says Pakistani troops committed more than 550 violations of a cease-fire in 2014, the most since the two nations signed the accord in 2003.

While minor skirmishes are common, the worst violation of the cease-fire accord left nine civilians dead in Pakistan and nine in India in October.

India accuses Pakistan of sending militants into the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir under the cover of the firing.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43