India carries out ‘surgical strikes’ on Kashmir frontier

India’s military has carried out “surgical strikes” along the de facto border with Pakistan in Kashmir to thwart a series of attacks being planned against major cities, the army said Thursday.

Pakistan’s military however accused India of killing two of its soldiers in “unprovoked firing” along the Line of Control that divides the disputed territory and said its troops had responded.

India said its strikes targeted “terrorists” along the frontier.

“Some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launchpads along the Line of Control,” Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, the director-general of military operations, said.

“The Indian army conducted surgical strikes last night at these launchpads. Significant casualties have been caused to these terrorists and those who are trying to support them,” he told a press conference in New Delhi.

“The operations aimed at neutralising the terrorists have since ceased.”

Singh said the decision to launch the strikes had been taken after the military determined the launchpads had been set up with “an aim to carry out infiltration and terrorist strikes in Jammu and Kashmir and various other metros in our country.”