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Pakistani soldier killed in gunfight: India

Posted on Feb 15, 02:34PM | IBNS

Srinagar, Feb 15 : The Pakistani soldier who had crossed into Indian territory was shot dead by Indian forces in a gunfight after he opened fire and injured two soldiers, the Indian army confirmed on Friday.

Pakistan on Thursday had claimed that one of its soldiers had "unintentionally" crossed the Line of Control (LoC).

Speaking to IBNS, Indian Army spokesperson Colonel Jagdeep Dahiya said the Pakistani soldier was killed after he attacked Indian troops in the Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir at around 3 pm on Thursday.

"The Pakistani soldier opened fire on Indian soldiers and injured two of our jawans. Indian forces retaliated and he was shot dead. The incident happened around 3 pm yesterday," he told IBNS over telephone.

Pakistan was informed about the incident on Thursday and it admitted that one of its soldiers had trespassed into Indian territory, Colonel Dahiya said.

"Pakistan yesterday requested DGMO (Director General Military Operations)-level talks with India, which were held today. Pakistan requested that the mortal remains of the soldier be returned to the country", he said.

The soldier's body will be returned after verification, Colonel Dahiya said, adding that he was not carrying any identification but was armed with a Pakistani military AK-47 rifle.

Pakistani had said that one of its soldier had "lost his way" on Thursday afternoon and traversed into Indian land.

He was spotted in the state of Jammu and Kashmir after crossing the LoC in Khoi Ratta sector, media reports said.

The incident comes in when both countries have recently indulged in trading fresh charges of firing and ceasefire violations along the 742-km Line of Control.

On January 8 two Indian soldiers were killed by Pakistani troops near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch sector. One of them was beheaded and his head was apparently carried away by the attackers.

The incident had sparked a furore in India and a souring of fragile ties between the two nuclear-armed neighbours who have fought three wars since gaining independence.