Pakistan military confirms Indian strike, says 2 of its soldiers killed

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Pakistan's Dawn newspaper confirmed the Indian Army strike but reported it as an exchange of fire between troops on either side. The paper said, quoting Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the "exchange of fire" began at 2.30 am and continued till 8 am this morning. Two Pakistani armymen were killed, the paper said.

Indian Army DGMO Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh said at the unprecedented joint Ministry of Defence-Ministry of External Affairs press conference that the strikes had been against terrorist launch pads across the LoC and had inflicted several casualties on the terrorists. Indian news reports also confirmed that Pakistani armymen were among those killed in the

Director General Military Operations (DGMO) & JS (XP) Vikas Swarup addressing media.

The ISPR has claimed that "Pakistani troops responded befittingly to unprovoked Indian firing on the LoC in Bhimber, Hotspring Kel and Lipa sectors.

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Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the Indian strike, saying the country was prepared to defend itself.

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