India, Pakistan troops exchange fire on LoC

Source: Xinhua| 2017-04-03 16:20:14|Editor: ying
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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, April 3 (Xinhua) -- Troops of India and Pakistan Monday exchanged heavy fire and targeted each other's positions on Line of Control (LoC), dividing the disputed region of Kashmir, officials said.

Defense officials said the exchange started at around 9:30 a.m. local time in the morning and went on for some time.

There were so far no reports of any casualty or damage on Indian side.

On Saturday a junior commissioned officer of Indian army was killed in a blast in the area.

Last year saw a surge in skirmishes near LoC between the two countries. Apart from troop casualties, the firing has claimed civilian lives on both sides, besides prompting migrations of residents from frontier areas.

Both New Delhi and Islamabad accuse each other of resorting to unprovoked firings and violating cease-fire agreements. And both sides maintain that their troops gave befitting reply.

Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan, is claimed by both in full. Since their independence from Britain, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir.