The Straits Times
Published on Jan 06, 2013

Pakistani and Indian troops exchange fire in Kashmir


ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistani and Indian troops exchanged fire on Sunday along their hotly disputed border in divided Kashmir, with each side accusing the other of starting the clash.

Pakistan said one of its soldiers was killed and another wounded when Indian troops crossed the de facto border and stormed a military post, an accusation denied by the other side.

A Pakistani military statement said the Indian troops came across the frontier known as the Line of Control in the Haji Pir sector, 80 km north of Islamabad, and "physically raided" a checkpost named Sawan Patra.

"Pakistan Army troops effectively responded to the attack successfully. One Pakistani soldier embraced martyrdom while another was critically injured," it said in a statement.