Policemen stand behind a gate and barbed wire during a protest rally near the Indian High Commission in Islamabad on August 15, 2019, as the country observes a 'Black Day' on India's Independence Day over the recent move to strip Indian-administered Kashmir of its autonomy. Picture: AFP/AAMIR QURESHI
Policemen stand behind a gate and barbed wire during a protest rally near the Indian High Commission in Islamabad on August 15, 2019, as the country observes a 'Black Day' on India's Independence Day over the recent move to strip Indian-administered Kashmir of its autonomy. Picture: AFP/AAMIR QURESHI

Islamabad — Pakistan said on Thursday three of its soldiers were killed in a cross-border exchange of fire in the contested Kashmir region, but India denied that five of its troops died too.

Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor, a spokesperson for Pakistan's armed forces, tweeted that its three soldiers had died along with five of India's when Indian forces opened fire along the contested border known as the line of control (LOC).

“Intermittent exchange of fire continues,” Ghafoor said.

An Indian army spokesperson denied that. “No casualties. This assertion is wrong,” the spokesperson said.

In a statement, the Indian army said that from about 7am local time, Pakistan violated a ceasefire between the two nations.

The flare-up comes during a period of high friction between the nuclear-armed neighbours, after India revoked special status for the portion of Muslim-majority Kashmir it controls, angering Pakistan, which also has claims on the region.

India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir and engaged in an aerial clash in February after a militant group based in Pakistan claimed responsibility for an attack on an Indian military convoy.

Reuters