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India hits terror camps in Pak-occupied Kashmir

Sep 29, 2016, 6:39 AM EDT
Indian troops in Kashmir
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Following a deadly militant attack on its army base in Kashmir earlier this month, India claimed that it carried out retaliatory surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) and destroyed several terror camps on Thursday. Pakistan denied that the Indian forces conducted any such operation across the border, adding that the news was part of propaganda to create false effects. However, Pakistan admitted that two of its soldiers were killed along the Line of Control in the contested region after the Indian troops opened fire without any provocation.

At a joint press briefing by the army and the foreign ministry, the Indian officials said that the operation, which targeted the militants planning to infiltrate into country, caused significant damage however, there was no mention of the details such as the place of strike or number of casualties, writes the BBC.

Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, lashed out at the “naked” display of aggression by the Indian forces, adding that Islamabad is capable of responding to any attempt that threatens the country’s sovereignty.

Tensions escalated between the two arch-rivals after a militant attack in Kashmir’s Uri on September 18 left 18 Indian soldiers dead. Frequent exchange of fire is common along the working border despite a 2003 border ceasefire agreement between the two countries, reports Dawn.