India points finger at Pakistan army in Kashmir clash
SRINAGAR, India (AFP) - An Indian army commander said on Wednesday that Pakistani troops might be involved in an ongoing gun battle near the disputed border in Kashmir, just days after the prime ministers of both countries agreed to soothe tensions.
The fighting began in Kupwara area on the Indian side of the disputed Line of Control on Sept 23, when militants tried to cross over from Pakistan into India in one of several recent infiltration attempts.
"This is not a pure infiltration attempt. These could be 20 to 30 in number and may include (the Pakistan army's) BAT," senior commander Gurmit Singh told reporters in Srinagar, the main city of Indian-administered Kashmir.
India has blamed Pakistan's Border Action Teams (BATs) for several sneak attacks in the past, including one in February in which five Indian soldiers were killed.