The Indian military says Pakistan opened fire through the LoC without provocation, killing two Indian soldiers while another was killed overnight.
Three Indian soldiers have been killed in Pakistani shelling across a disputed border in Indian-ruled Kashmir, the Indian Army said.
Indian Army spokesman Rajesh Kalia said Pakistan opened fire without provocation in the Nogam sector early Thursday, killing two Indian soldiers and wounding four.
Another Indian soldier was killed in a shooting at night by Pakistani troops in the Poonch sector, he said.
“Our troops reacted strongly to enemy fire,” Kalia said.
Pakistan has accused Indian forces of violating a ceasefire in the region and injuring a civilian.
The shelling often erupts along the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border that divides the Kashmir region, which both nuclear-armed states claim in full but control in part.
Earlier on Thursday, Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry accused New Delhi of escalating tensions over the LoC, “to divert the world’s attention from human rights abuses in Indian-occupied Kashmir.”
The statement said India had committed 2,404 ceasefire violations this year, killing 19 people and injuring 192 civilians.
India says Pakistani troops often open fire to help armed fighters sneak through the LoC to join decades of armed insurgency.
Pakistan says it gives only moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people, who are fighting for self-determination.
Tensions between the two countries escalated in February 2019, when a suicide bombing killed 40 Indian paramilitaries in Indian-ruled Kashmir.
India responded with air strikes on Pakistani territory.
Pakistan shot down one of the planes in Kashmir and captured a pilot who was later released.
India says the attacks target Pakistani-based fighters responsible for the suicide bombing.
Relations have been further strained since August last year, when India revoked the region’s decade-long semi-autonomous status with a Muslim majority and divided the region into two federally governed territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, sparking anger on both sides of the border.
The violence comes amid heightened tensions between India and China over their disputed border in the Ladakh region, where the two Asian giants have been locked in a month-long bitter confrontation.
In recent months, the two countries have amassed tens of thousands of additional troops in the already militarized region. In June, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a collision on a high ridge between soldiers using sticks, stones and fists.