ISLAMABAD - Indian troops again resorted to unprovoked firing at the Line of Control (LoC) in Battal sector on Sunday, an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said.

The military’s media wing said that Pakistani troops were responding to Indian fire in befitting manner. Exchange of fire continued till filing of this report.

On Friday also, India’s Border Security Force (BSF) resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling at the Working Boundary in Shakargarh sector, north of Chak Amroo village.


AFP adds: The Indian army said two of its soldiers were killed Sunday in the latest exchange of cross border firing with Pakistan along the de facto border in Kashmir.

One soldier was killed in a firefight as Indian troops pushed back against Pakistani "infiltrators" while another died in a separate incident, according to Army spokesman Colonel NN Joshi and a further statement from the military.

The exchanges come against the backdrop of months of protests against Indian rule of Kashmir, sparked by the killing of a popular rebel leader in a firefight with Indian forces in July.

The unrest and clashes have left more than 90 civilians dead in Indian government forces' action to quell the protests.

More than 12,000 were injured, according to hospital authorities and around 7,000 suspected protesters have been arrested during a continuing security crackdown to quell the anti-India protests.

Last week authorities on both sides closed hundreds of schools along frontier areas in the south of the territory when cross-border firing killed 14 residents.