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    India Claims US-Provided Night Vision Devices Found at Soldier’s Beheading Site

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    After a recent discovery of a night vision device marked “US government property,” members of the Indian Army have cited the discovery as evidence that the Pakistani Army was involved in the beheading of Indian Army rifleman Prabhu Singh along with the killings of two others on November 22.

    Indian Army officials argue that the device was likely received by the Pakistani Army while the US teamed with the Pakistani Army to fight terrorists on the Afghanistan front, NDTV reports. The officials told the news outlet that they believe the device was delivered to the Pakistani Border Action Team before carrying out the November 22 ambush.

    Upon hearing of the attack, Manohar Parrikar, India’s Minister of Defence, responded:

    ​Pakistan’s Foreign Office has previously denied involvement in the attack. 

    The day after the ambush, the Indian army identified the culprits as "terrorists infiltrating from Pakistan," according to an official statement. More recently, Army officers told NDTV that the terrorists referred to in the statement were members of Pakistan’s Border Action Team.

    Since the attack, India retaliated with surgical airstrikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, and officials remain wary of saying that tensions surrounding the Line of Control are "de-escalating."


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