Pakistan’s army said Thursday it had shot down a small Indian surveillance drone in Kashmir, as tensions rose over continued cross-border shelling in the disputed territory, an Arab News report said.
According to a statement from the army media wing, the Indian quadcopter had crossed 600 meters (650 yards) over the de facto border known as the Line of Control (LoC). “This blatant act was aggressively responded to by Pakistan Army troops shooting down Indian quadcopter,” the statement read.
An Indian army spokesman said the drone “is not ours.” The incident came as Pakistan and India accuse each other of violating cease-fire terms at the LoC, with sporadic shelling reported from both sides.
Relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors nosedived in February last year, with India launching an air strike inside Pakistan after accusing its neighbor of harboring a group that staged a suicide bomb attack that killed 40 Indian paramilitaries in Kashmir.