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Cross-border firing against Pakistani troops kills two Indian soldiers: Army

Indian paramilitary troops stand near the scene of a gunfight between the army and suspected militants in Pampore, south of Srinagar, Kashmir, October 10, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

At least two Indian soldiers have been killed during an exchange of fire with Pakistani troops along the de facto border dividing the disputed region of Kashmir.
The Indian army said in a statement that two of its soldiers were killed on Sunday in the latest exchange of cross-border fire with along the Line of Control (LoC).
Separately, one soldier was killed in a firefight as Indian troops pushed back against “infiltrators” from the Pakistani side, Indian army spokesman, Colonel N. N. Joshi, said. Another soldier died in a separate incident in the disputed region, but sources did not elaborate on the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Indian and Pakistani forces have been engaged in similar clashes in the disputed region over the past months. Each side accuses the other of provocation.
Last week, authorities on both sides closed hundreds of schools along frontier areas when cross-border firing killed 14 residents.

Kashmiri protesters run after Indian police fire tear gas canisters and pellets during the funeral procession for Qaiser Hamid, 16, in Srinagar, November 5, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Relations between and Pakistan have been strained in the recent months, with New Delhi blaming Islamabad for a raid on an army base in Indian-controlled Kashmir in September, which killed 19 soldiers.
The Indian army blamed Pakistan-based militants for the assault. Islamabad denies any role in the deadly assault.
Diplomatic tensions generated between the two sides in late October, when India ordered one employee of the Pakistani High Commission out of the country, saying he was a suspected spy. Islamabad expelled an Indian diplomat in a tit-for-tat move.
In addition to that, Pakistan has recently accused eight Indian diplomats of conducting acts of “espionage and terrorism” against Islamabad.