ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan accused Indian troops of killing one of its soldiers Thursday in Kashmir, the third deadly clash between the two nuclear arch rivals this week in the divided region.
Pakistani military officials released few details about the incident, saying only a soldier assigned to a post near the so-called Line of Control that separates the portions of Kashmir ruled by Pakistan and India was killed by “unprovoked firing” from Indian troops.
The Associated Press quoted the Indian military as saying its troops only fired in retaliation after Pakistani soldiers fired on them. “Our troops retaliated and an intermittent exchange of gunfire is continuing,” Indian army spokesman Col. R.K. Palta said. “It’s yet another cease-fire violation by the Pakistani troops.”
On Tuesday, Indian military officials said two of their soldiers were killed by Pakistani soldiers who attacked an Indian military post in Kashmir, and claimed one of the bodies had been beheaded. Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry rejected India’s claims as baseless and said Pakistan was prepared to cooperate with any investigation carried out by United Nations military observers in Kashmir.