Deadly artillery duel between Indian and Pakistani armies

On April 10, the Indian armed forces launched a massive artillery fire against Pakistani forces facing them in Dudhnial Province along the Line of Control along the Kishanganga River bordering Kashmir. According to the statement from the Indian General Staff, 15 Pakistani soldiers and 8 terrorists were neutralized by this attack. The Pakistani press release speaks of one death and five seriously injured. The Indian offensive followed a terrorist attack in Kashmir which took place on April 5 in the Keran region, which resulted in the death of 5 members of the Indian special forces and 5 Pakistani terrorists. According to Indian information, the 5 members of the terrorist commando had trained in the Dudhnial region.

Clashes between Indian forces and Islamist terrorists trained by Pakistan have seen a significant upsurge in Kashmir in recent years, to the point that the Indian authorities have had to put in place strong coercive measures in the region. The provinces of Kashmir and Jammu are the only Indian regions with a Muslim majority, and were attached to India after the post-independence Indo-Pakistan War. Since then, the region has been the subject of a latent conflict between the two nuclear powers, a conflict that has left more than 70.000 dead since 1950. According to Indian authorities, but also according to a 2011 FBI report from the United States, Pakistani secret services , the ISI, are very widely involved in this uprising, and the majority of terrorist fighters killed or captured by the Indians since 1987 are of Pakistani nationality and come from the Punjab region.

The provinces of Kashmir and Jammu are mainly bordered by a de facto Line of Control, not internationally recognized borders

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