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    Two Pakistani soldiers died in an overnight cross-border firefight with Indian troops in the disputed region of Kashmir, the Pakistani Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – In a statement on its website, the ISPR said the troops "befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing" across four locations, including Bhimber, between 21:30 GMT and 03:00 GMT.

    ​The Pakistani army’s media liaison office said two of its soldiers "embraced shahadat," using the Urdu and Hindi term for martyrdom.

    Tensions between India and Pakistan entangled in the decades-long dispute over the Jammu and Kashmir region have escalated since July after Indian security forces killed Burhan Wani, a renowned separatist commander.

    On Sunday, a group of militants reportedly crossed from Pakistan into India-administered northern Kashmir territory and attacked the Indian base in Uri, killing 18 servicemen.


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