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India soldier dies in clashes with 'Pakistan militants' in Kashmir: official

Published on Aug 24, 2014 8:32 PM
Indian villagers gather near the bodies of those killed in cross-border firing between Indian and Pakistani troops at Jeiora village in the RS Pura sector near Jammu on Aug 23, 2014. A clash between the Indian army and suspected Pakistani militants in Indian Kashmir left one soldier dead, said military officials on Sunday, Aug 24. -- PHOTO: AFP

SRINAGAR, India (AFP) - India's army clashed with suspected Pakistani militants in Indian Kashmir close to the disputed border between the two rival countries, leaving one soldier dead, a military official said Sunday.

Soldiers encountered the militants - who had crossed the de facto border into Indian Kashmir's Keran sector, some 150km north-west of the main city of Srinagar - on Saturday night, the official said.

"In the resultant exchange of fire between army and terrorists, one soldier was injured who succumbed later (to his injuries)," defence spokesman Colonel N.N. Joshi said.

Col Joshi said another soldier was injured in a different clash with suspected militants on Sunday morning in a nearby forested area.

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