India

At Least Five Indian Soldiers Killed in Kashmir

Pakistani forces blamed

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At least five Indian soldiers have been killed in an attack along the disputed border of Indian-administered Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir state chief minister has said.

The Indian government said on Tuesday that the attack was carried out by Pakistani troops, but the Pakistani military denied that any firing had occurred.

Sources in the defence ministry in New Delhi confirmed the Monday night incident, which occurred just days after Pakistan proposed restarting peace talks with India.

"Was briefed early this morning about news that 5 of our soldiers had been killed on the LOC. My heartfelt condolences to their next of kin," Omar Abdullah, chief minister of Indian-administered Kashmir, said on the Twitter microblogging service, referring to the Line of Control dividing India and Pakistan in Kashmir.

A Pakistani army official, however, told the Reuters news agency that "there was no indiscriminate firing" by Pakistani forces along the the Line of Control.