India condemns Pakistan over 'inhuman' Kashmir killings

  • India has condemned the "inhuman" treatment of two of its soldiers killed in an alleged cross-border attack by Pakistan troops in the disputed territory of Kashmir.

    Pakistan has rejected allegations that it killed the soldiers or fired across the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir.

    A statement from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs released on Wednesday said the soldiers' bodies had been subjected to "barbaric and inhuman mutilation" which was "in contravention of all norms of international conduct".

    The statement added that Pakistani soldiers near the LoC attacked a patrol on Tuesday killing two soldiers in a firefight near Mendhar, located 140 miles north of the Indian city of Jammu.

    The battle lasted about half an hour before "the intruders retreated back towards their side" of the LoC.

    This is the first reported incursion by Pakistani troops since they breached the Line of Control in 1999.

    A Pakistani military official has denounced the Indian claim as "propaganda" in a bid to divert attention away from an encounter on the LoC two days earlier.