Five soldiers killed in LoC firing, claims India

NEW DELHI: Five Indian soldiers were killed in an attack along the disputed border in Jammu and Kashmir, the state chief minister claimed on Tuesday, in an attack that comes just days after Pakistan proposed resuming stalled peace talks with India.

The talks were called off in January following an attack on the border in which one Indian soldier was decapitated.

“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,” Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said in a Tweet, referring to the Line of Control dividing the two countries in the region.

“These incidents don’t help efforts to normalise or even improve relations with Pak & call in to question the Pak Govt’s recent overtures,” he said.

Pakistan denies firing

Pakistani security officials denied any involvement in the deaths of Indian soldiers on the disputed and heavily militarised border in Kashmir.

“There was no indiscriminate firing from our side,” one security official told Reuters.

Another official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to reporters, denied there had been an exchange of fire on the border between the nuclear powers.

“There was no such incident whatsoever,” he said. “There was no firing on the border.”