Web Desk — 3 people were killed in Kashmir on Thursday when India engaged in cross-border shelling, officials on said, adding to simmering tension between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
The armies face off along the heavily militarized and disputed frontier, known as the Line of Control (LoC), that divides the Muslim-majority Himalayan region.
Indian troops last week said they attacked and damaged Pakistani army posts in Kashmir as they sought to prevent militants infiltrating from the Pakistani side, but Islamabad denied the claim.
Mohammad Usman, a police official in the southern Poonch district of Kashmir, said the shelling started in the morning. Two civilians were killed and six wounded.
“The civilian population in the vulnerable villages was caught off guard by the unprovoked firing,” Usman said. “It was intense.”
Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), said in a statement: “Indian troops initiated unprovoked firing at Battal, Jandrot and Hotspring sectors at the LoC this morning.”
In a separate bout of violence, two militants were killed in North Kashmir’s Sopore area on Thursday, a police spokesman in Indian-held Kashmir said.