India Blames Pakistan in Killing of 5 Soldiers

Clash boosts tensions amid push for talks
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2013 10:27 AM CDT
India Blames Pakistan in Killing of 5 Soldiers
An activist of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party shouts slogans during a protest against the deaths of five Indian soldiers in cross-border exchanges, in Allahabad, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

India says five of its soldiers were ambushed and killed by Pakistani soldiers and fighters along the countries' Kashmir border—a claim Pakistan rejects. "The ambush was carried out by approximately 20 heavily armed terrorists along with soldiers of Pak army," says India's defense ministry. Pakistan denies shots were fired, but the incident is threatening to derail peace talks between the longtime enemies, reports Reuters, though Pakistan wants to continue: "Pakistan is committed to a constructive, sustained, and result-oriented process of engagement with India and looks forward to an early resumption of the dialogue process," says the Foreign Ministry. But members of India's parliament are furious, with a top opposition figure calling for proposed talks to be dropped. (Read more Pakistan stories.)

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