(KASHMIR) JUST IN: Civilians and soldiers are said to have died during cross-border skirmishes between Pakistani and Indian troops late on Sun.19:Oct: reportedly making it one of the deadliest days since New Delhi revoked the special status of Indian-administered Kashmir in August #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.21: Pakistani and Indian soldiers traded fire in disputed Kashmir on Sunday, killing at least nine people on both sides, officials said.

FILE – Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard outside the main telephone exchange building in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Sept. 5, 2019.

Key points:

  • Civilians and military personal were killed on both sides
  • Both India and Pakistan accused each other of launching the “unprovoked” attack
  • Several victims have already been bured

Several men carry the body of a man wrapped in a red blanket to their burialPhoto: People carry the body of a person who was killed in firing by Indian forces. (AP: M.D. Mughal)

The Indian military said Pakistani soldiers targeted an Indian border post and civilian areas along the highly militarised frontier in Kashmir early in the day, leaving two army soldiers and a civilian dead: Colonel Rajesh Kalia, an Indian army spokesman, said three Indian civilians were also injured in the Pakistani firing. Col. Kalia called it an “unprovoked” violation of a 2003 cease-fire accord between India and Pakistan.

Pakistan’s army later said that “unprovoked cease-fire violations” by Indian troops killed five civilians and one soldier and wounded another three civilians and two troops across the highly militarised Line of Control that divides Kashmir between Pakistan and India: The conflicting reports from each side suggested the death toll could still rise from the late-night incident: Pakistani Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor, in a tweet on Sunday, blamed “unprovoked” shelling from the Indian side of the de facto Line of Control that he claimed was “deliberately targeting civilians.”

Three civilians and one soldier in Pakistan-administered Kashmir died as a result, he said, and two Pakistani soldiers and five civilians were injured: He added that Pakistani troops had retaliated, killing nine Indian soldiers and injuring “several” more. He said two Indian bunkers had been “destroyed.”

But Indian sources disputed that account of events and casualty figures: Senior Indian police and military officials told Reuters and AP that Pakistani soldiers had targeted an Indian border post and civilian areas, leaving one soldier and two civilians dead.

Colonel Rajesh Kalia Indian Army spokesman, said: Three more Indian civilians were injured in the exchange of fire.

#AceNewsDesk reports ……………..Published: Oct.21: 2019:

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