India calls death a despicable act
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People dressed up as Super Mario, super heroes and other characters drove custom-built go-karts through Tokyo’s Shibuya shopping district yesterday. With a Japanese or international driver’s licence, shoppers can pay for the unique Tokyo tour. Two Indian soldiers have been killed in fighting with Pakistani soldiers and suspected militants along the volatile frontier in Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said.
An army officer said militants overnight on Friday ambushed an Indian army patrol, killing one, while Pakistani soldiers provided covering fire near Machil sector along the Line of Control dividing the disputed region between India and Pakistan.
The officer said that militants crossed over from the Pakistani-controlled Kashmir while taking advantage of rugged terrain and thick foliage.
He said Indian soldiers retaliated and killed an insurgent in what he described as “face-to-face combat”.
He said the militants “mutilated” the body of the Indian soldier before fleeing to the Pakistani side.
There was no independent confirmation of the incident.
In a strongly worded statement, the Indian army called the “despicable act”.
“This barbarism is a true reflection which pervades official and non-official organisations across the border,” the statement said. “This act will invite an appropriate response.”
Shortly after, cross-border clashes erupted at several posts in Machil sector, killing another Indian soldier.
In Pakistan, the military in a statement said that India yesterday again resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control and that the soldiers from the two countries were still exchanging fire. It did not say Pakistan suffered any casualties.
Indian and Pakistani troops in recent weeks have frequently exchanged cross-border fire, causing casualties on both sides. Both have blamed each other for initiating it. The Line of Control is guarded by the Indian and Pakistani armies and divides the two parts of Kashmir. soldier’s mutilation a