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Indian army's director general of military operations Lt General Ranbir Singh speaks to the media in New Delhi. India says it launched a strike against militants inside Pakistan.

Indian army's director general of military operations Lt General Ranbir Singh speaks to the media in New Delhi. India says it launched a strike against militants inside Pakistan.

From Washington, this is VOA News.

I'm Ira Mellman reporting.

Pakistan says India killed two of its soldiers in an unprovoked attack.

Pakistan says the attack occurred when India fired across the border of the disputed region of Kashmir, while India said it had carried out a "surgical strike'' against terrorists, in an exchange that marks an escalation of tensions between the uneasy and nuclear-armed neighbors.

Pakistan’s claim is that India killed the Pakistan soldiers in an unprovoked attack.

Talking to reporters in New Delhi Thursday, Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh is director general of military operations for the Indian Army,. (He) said "surgical strikes'' were carried out in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir late Wednesday.

"During these counter terrorist operations, significant casualties have been caused to the terrorists and those who are trying to support them. The operations aimed at neutralizing the terrorists have since ceased. We do not have any plans for further continuation of the operations; however, the Indian armed forces are fully prepared for any contingency that may arise.”

Pakistan dismissed the Indian military reports that it had carried out strikes against "terrorist launch pads'' inside the Pakistan-controlled part of Kashmir.

Russia said Thursday it supports a 48-hour cease-fire in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, but not a longer truce proposed by the United States.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said a week-long cease-fire would give militants time to regroup and replenish supplies.

His comments came a day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Russia they are making plans to suspend bilateral engagement.

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