India says three soldiers killed by Pakistani gunfire in Kashmir

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By Fayaz Bukhari

SRINAGAR, India, October 1 (Reuters) – Three Indian soldiers were killed on Thursday in what an army spokesperson described as unprovoked gunfire by Pakistani forces at the border in the disputed region of Kashmir, in a new eruption of tensions.

Frequent shootings erupt along the Line of Control, or the Kashmir ceasefire line, which both nuclear-weapon countries fully claim.

Indian army spokesman Rajesh Kalia said Pakistan launched indiscriminate fire in the Nowgam area early Thursday, killing two Indian soldiers and wounding four.

Another Indian soldier was killed overnight by gunfire by Pakistani troops in the Poonch area. “Our troops reacted strongly to enemy fire,” Kalia said.

There was no immediate comment from Pakistan.

New Delhi says Pakistani troops are opening fire to help militants sneak the Indian side of Kashmir to join a decades-long armed revolt. Pakistan says it only gives moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people who are struggling for self-determination.

India and China are separately locked into their most serious military clash along their border, which is also disputed.

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