Pakistan Army Takes Journalists, Diplomats on Kashmir Tour Following Cross-Border Shelling
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The clashes erupted on Sunday after Indian forces launched cross-border artillery fire, saying the action was aimed at deterring infiltration into the Indian-held part of Kashmir from alleged “terrorist camps” on the Pakistani side.
Indian military chief Gen. Bipin Rawat told reporters following the attack his troops had destroyed at least three “terrorist camps" near the so-called Line of Control, which separates the Indian and Pakistani parts of Kashmir. Rawat asserted that “six to 10" Pakistani soldiers and as many terrorists were also killed.
Islamabad swiftly rejected the charges as groundless, saying the Indian shelling targeted the civilian population, killing five villagers and a Pakistani soldier, and destroying civilian property.
New Delhi also confirmed retaliatory shelling by Pakistani forces killed two Indian soldiers and a civilian.