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Army denies Pak's claim of killing 5 Indian soldiers, calls it 'fictitious'

The Indian Army has also strengthened its vigil along the LoC and kept its personnel on high alert to effectively deal with any "misadventure" by Pakistan

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Army personnel stand guard during restrictions, in Jammu, Monday, Aug 05, 2019 | Photo: PTI

The on Thursday called as "fictitious" the Pakistan military's claim of killing five Indian soldiers during a cross-border firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

The response by the came after Pakistan military's spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor claimed that three of its soldiers and five Indian personnel were killed in the cross-border firing.

In a tweet, Ghafoor also alleged that the has increased firing along the in an effort to divert attention from the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

He claimed that a number of bunkers were damaged and "intermittent exchange of fire continues".

When asked about Pakistan's claim, a senior Indian Army official said: "The claim made by Pakistan's military is fictitious."

There have been reports of the Pakistan army increasing its deployment along the after India's decision to withdraw special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcate the state into two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

The Indian Army has also strengthened its vigil along the and kept its personnel on high alert to effectively deal with any "misadventure" by Pakistan, a senior military official said.

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First Published: Thu, August 15 2019. 19:35 IST
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