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01 Oct 2020 | 08:17 PM UTC

India: Pakistani fire across LoC kills soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir territory October 1

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Indian military sources claim Pakistani fire across LoC kills three soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir territory on October 1; further cross-border clashes likely over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/1/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/3/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India

Event

An Indian army spokesperson reported on Thursday, October 1, that three Indian soldiers had been killed by firing across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir territory. Military sources stated that two soldiers were killed and four others wounded in the Nowgam sector early on Thursday by unprovoked firing from the Pakistani side of the disputed border, with another soldier already having been killed by overnight fire in the Poonch sector. Pakistani officials countered the claims and announced it had summoned senior Indian officials for talks on Wednesday, September 30, after Indian violations along the LoC resulted in the wounding of a civilian.

Further firing and shelling are possible on both sides of the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir in the coming days and weeks.

Context

Sporadic gunfire and shelling continue to occur across the LoC, with both sides frequently accusing the other of ceasefire violations. India claims that Pakistani troops open fire to aid militants to sneak into Indian controlled Kashmir, whiles Pakistan denies this and says it only fires in response to Indian violations.

India and Pakistan both claim sovereignty over Jammu and Kashmir, which has been the focus of periodic violent conflict since 1947.

Advice

Individuals in Jammu and Kashmir territory are advised to monitor developments and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

Some foreign governments advise their citizens against travel to parts of Kashmir, notably including areas along the Line of Control (LoC), due to the significant risk of violence.

 

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