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Pakistan Says Soldier Killed In Kashmir Clashes With India

An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard along a highway in Indian-controlled Kashmir. (file photo)

A Pakistani soldier was killed and three civilians were injured in clashes with Indian border troops in the disputed region of Kashmir, the military said on September 10.

Indian troops fired at army posts and targeted civilians in the villages with heavy weapons overnight, a statement by the Pakistani military said.

The incident occurred across the Line of Control (LoC), a de facto frontier that divides Kashmir into two parts respectively controlled by Pakistan and India but claimed by both in its entirety.

Also overnight, the Pakistani military said it shot down an Indian surveillance quad copter in Kashmir after it intruded 500 meters into the country’s airspace.

Kashmir, a scenic Himalayan valley, is at the center of conflict between Pakistan and India, and the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbors have fought two of their three wars over the region.

An Indian decision in August last year to strip the part of Kashmir it controls of a special autonomous status triggered fresh tensions and deadly skirmishes across the LoC.