India's defense minister has accused Pakistan's army of being behind an ambush that killed five Indian troops in the disputed border region of Kashmir earlier this week.
The Times of India reported that Defense Minister A.K. Anthony told members of India's Parliament Thursday, "It is now clear that the specialist troops of [the] Pakistan army were involved in this attack when a group from the Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir crossed the [Line of Control] and killed our brave jawans[soldiers]. We all know that nothing happens from [the] Pakistan side of the [Line of Control] without the support, assistance, facilitation and often, direct involvement of the Pakistan Army."
Shortly after Tuesday's attack, a spokesman for the Indian army said that the soldiers were ambushed by "20 heavily armed terrorists along with soldiers." India condemned what it called a "gross violation" of the 2003 cease-fire between the two countries, who have fought three wars since 1947, two of which have been over Kashmir. Both countries claim the entire region as their own.
Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denied that its soldiers killed any Indian troops. Separately, Pakistani military officials said that two of its soldiers were wounded Tuesday afternoon by "unprovoked Indian firing" across the disputed border, also known as the Line of Control.
Shortly after Anthony's address to Parliament, Reuters reported that Pakistan's military also accused Indian troops of wounding a civilian after opening fire along the border.
Sporadic outbreaks of violence along the Line of Control are not uncommon. According to the Associated Press, an Indian army spokesman accused Pakistan of violating the 2003 cease-fire 57 times so far in 2013.
In recent months, an effort has been made to resume peace talks between the two enemies, both of whom possess nuclear weapons.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report