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Pakistan ‘shoots down Indian recon drone in Kashmir’

The Pakistani military says it has shot down an Indian reconnaissance drone that had violated Pakistan’s airspace in the disputed Kashmir region.
Pakistan ‘shoots down Indian recon drone in Kashmir’
 AVA- In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Pakistani military said it had shot down the unmanned aerial vehicle in the village of Chirikot as it was spying on Indian-controlled Kashmir along the border with Pakistan known as the Line of Control.
The wreckage of the reconnaissance drone has been retrieved, the statement said.
There was no immediate reaction from India.
The Pakistani military said it had targeted four Indian drones over the past year.
Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan but claimed in full by both since the two partitioned and gained independence from Britain in 1947. The two countries have fought three wars over the disputed territory.
Despite a ceasefire agreement that was reached in November 2003, sporadic skirmishes continue between Pakistan and India in Kashmir. Peace talks between the two neighbors collapsed in 2008 following terrorist attacks in Mumbai.
Over the recent months, tensions have been running high in the Indian-administrated Kashmir region, where the Muslim-majority population stages regular protests against Indian rule, demanding autonomy from New Delhi or a merger with Pakistan.
India also regularly accuses Pakistan of arming and training militants and allowing them across the restive frontier in an attempt to launch attacks on Indian forces. Pakistan strongly denies the allegation.
Wednesday 7 March 2018 16:47
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