Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire across the Line of Control (LoC) on Tuesday, two days after a deadly raid on an army base.
Indian army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said there had been a “cease-fire violation” near Uri, where Sunday’s attack took place, but gave no details.
Uri is near the Line of Control (LoC) which divides the disputed territory. “Small-arms exchange of fire is on in the area,” a senior police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Separately, Kalia said troops in the same area had blocked an attempt by suspected militants to cross the LoC into Indian-held Kashmir.
“A group of 10-12 terrorists attempted to infiltrate the Uri sector. They were intercepted and the infiltration bid was foiled,” he told AFP.
The Press Trust of India news agency said 10 suspected militants had been killed in the incident but this could not immediately be confirmed.
Tuesday’s exchange was the first since Sunday’s attack, which the Indian army has blamed on Jaish-e-Mohammad.
The same group was implicated in an audacious assault on an Indian air force base in Pathankot in Punjab in January.
It left seven soldiers dead and dashed hopes of a revival of peace talks, which have been on ice ever since.
The death toll from Sunday’s attack in which gunmen hurling grenades stormed a base was particularly high at 18, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vowed to punish those responsible.
Modi promised during his election campaign to take a hard line over Kashmir and has faced calls from army veterans and even some in his own party for military action against Pakistan.
On Sunday Home Minister Rajnath Singh accused Pakistan of “continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups” and called for it to be internationally isolated.
But security experts say India lacks the military capabilities to take on its neighbour in the divided Himalayan region, already tense after weeks of violent clashes between police and demonstrators protesting at Indian rule. -AFP