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Indian soldier killed as Pak fires on Kashmir border

dpa
Srinagar, Kashmir
An Indian soldier was killed on Saturday as Pakistani troops fired across a de facto border in the Kashmir region, a Defence Ministry spokesman said.
The soldier was critically injured in “unprovoked firing” in the Rajouri sector of the line of control and later succumbed to his injuries, Defence Ministry spokesman Devender Anand said.
Anand said Indian troops had responded to the firing.
The heavily militarized line of control (LoC) is a de facto border that divides the disputed Kashmir region in two parts, one administered by India and the other by Pakistan.
Saturday’s incident comes a week after Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged heavy artillery fire across the LoC in which at least three Indian soldiers and several civilians on both sides were killed.
Cross border incidents routinely flare up along the LoC as winter approaches, with India accusing Pakistan of helping militants cross into India-controlled territory.
A major terrorist attack was foiled by Indian security forces in Kashmir on Thursday and the Pakistani charge de mission in New Delhi had been summoned to lodge a protest, a statement from India’s Ministry of External Affairs said.
India claims Pakistan supports militants who operate from its territory and carry out terrorist attacks in India. Pakistan denies the charge.

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