SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Three members of a family were killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir by firing from Indian and Pakistani soldiers who were exchanging shells and gunfire along the highly militarized frontier in the disputed region, Indian officials said Saturday.
A 50-year-old woman, her husband and their teenage son were hit by a shell in their home as the family was cooking late Friday night in southern Poonch district, said Rahul Yadav, an Indian administrator. He said the the three died on the spot.
Indian army spokesman Lt. Col. Devender Anand said Pakistani troops attacked Indian positions along the Line of Control dividing Kashmir between the two countries late Friday.
Anand called it an “unprovoked violation” of a 2003 cease-fire accord between the two nuclear rivals and said Indian troops “retaliated befittingly,” giving a usual description almost after every such fighting along the volatile de facto border.
Pakistan did not immediately comment. However, in the past, each side has accused the other of starting the border skirmishes in the region that both claim in its entirety.
There has been almost daily fighting over the last several months along the rugged and mountainous frontier between Indian and Pakistani soldiers, leaving dozens of civilians and soldiers dead on both sides.
India’s military says Pakistan has so far this year has committed more than 2,500 cease-fire violations. Pakistan says India has violated the cease fire about 1,700 times this year.