NEW DELHI: Chinese troops have killed three Indian soldiers including a commanding officer near border in Ladakh. The violent faceoff has escalated tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
Defence experts believe that no Indian soldier has been killed in skirmishes with China since 1975. India and China have been having tense relation for a month near the border in Ladakh. Earlier, videos of Chinese and Indian soldiers were doing rounds on social media, in which it could be seen that troops of both the countries were having hot arguments between them.
The fresh incident took place late on Monday night. Meeting between high officials of both the countries is currently underway to defuse tension.
The Chinese foreign ministry spokesman in a statement said that the Indian troops had twice crossed the Line of Actual Control, “provoking and attacking Chinese personnel, which led to serious physical conflicts between the two sides.”
The Indian army claimed that casualties had happened on both the side, a claim that the Chinese authorities termed baseless.