Pakistan and India have fought two of their three wars since gaining independence from the British over Kashmir [File: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters]

At least five Pakistani soldiers have been killed after an explosion near the de facto border with India in the disputed region of Kashmir, Pakistan’s military said while terming it “state-sponsored terrorism” by its eastern neighbour.

The “explosive blast” took place in the Barnala area close to the Line of Control (LoC), which divides Pakistan- and Indian-administered portions of Kashmir, on Wednesday, a Pakistani military statement said.

“The incident is evident of state sponsored terrorism by India violating bilateral ceasefire agreement and the international rules,” the statement said.

India’s government or military did not immediately offer a response to the charge. Calls made

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