7 Pakistani military positions across Kashmir’s Line of Control (LoC) were destroyed in Rakhchikri and Rawalakote, on the Pakistani side of the contact line, in a recent military escalation in the region, according to Indian officials.
The attack on Pakistani military positions came a day after three people were reportedly killed and two dozen others were injured by Pakistani shelling, which hit the targets along the LoC.
In own turn, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) of Pakistan said that 3 soldiers were killed and one was injured by “unprovoked fire” from the Indian side.
“Three brave sons of the soil laid down their lives in the line of duty [as] Indian troops resorted to unprovoked fire in the Rakhchakri, Rawalakot sector along the LoC,” the ISPR said. “The Pakistan army responded effectively. [There are] reports of casualties on the Indian side.”
However, the media wing of the Pakistani military provided no details into alleged casualties of the Indian side.
The April incident marked a new round of escalation in the relations between India and Pakistan. Tensions between the sides reached a boiling point after a suicide attack killed 40 Indian troops in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir in February. India blamed ‘Pakistani-backed’ miltiants for the attack and launched a cross-border air raid against the group.
According to the confirmed data, one Indian MiG-21 was downed in the following air battle between the sides. Pakistan also captured an Indian pilot from the downed jet. The pilot was released as a move to de-escalate the situation. However, this was not enough to solve the long-developing conflict.
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