Pakistan’s military says Indian troops have killed a Pakistani soldier in Kashmir as tensions between the two neighbors escalate over the disputed area.
A Pakistani Army spokesperson said the soldier had been killed by “unprovoked” Indian gunfire while manning a post in the Battal sector of Kashmir, which is split between the two sides by a heavily fortified border known as the Line of Control (LOC).
“Pakistan Army soldier, Havildar Mohyuddin, embraced shahadat (martyrdom) due to unprovoked firing by Indian troops at Hotspring sector in Battal at 2:40 pm (0940 GMT) today,” the military said on Thursday.
Kashmir lies at the heart of more than 60 years of hostility between India and Pakistan with both countries claiming the region in full, but each only having control over a section of the territory.
Despite a 2003 ceasefire along the LOC, the area still witnesses violence by both sides.
Over the past week, two incidents have brought angry protesters from both sides into the streets.
Two Indian soldiers were killed when a battle broke out in Kashmir on Tuesday. According to military sources, an Indian patrol was ambushed by Pakistani soldiers in southern Kashmir’s Mendhar sector, 173 kilometers (107 miles) west of Jammu.
Indian authorities said the body of one of the soldiers had been “badly mutilated.”
Tuesday border clashes came after Pakistan said one of its forces had been killed in the area.
Over the past two decades, the conflict in Kashmir has left over 47,000 people dead by the official count, although other sources say the death toll could be as high as 90,000.