India says Pakistan “will pay” after Kashmir army camp attack

Son Ankush Choudhary, center, tries to console his mother Charanjeet Kaur during the funeral of Indian army soldier Madan Lal Choudhary, who was killed in Saturday’s militant attack on Indian army camp, at village Bakrak, in Hiranagar, district Kathua, 72 kilometers (45 miles) south of Jammu, India, Monday, Feb.12, 2018. (AP)
Updated 13 February 2018
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India says Pakistan “will pay” after Kashmir army camp attack

NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR, India: India warned Pakistan that it would “pay for this misadventure” following a deadly attack by militants on an army camp in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir that has stoked tensions between the nuclear armed rivals.
Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters on Monday evening that the Indian army has ample evidence to prove that “the handlers of the terrorists were back in Pakistan.”
Saturday’s attack on the camp near Jammu, the winter capital of the state, was the worst in months with six soldiers and the father of a soldier killed. Among the 10 wounded were women and children. At least three militants were killed, according to Indian officials, bringing the death toll to 10.
“Pakistan is expanding the arc of terror... resorting to cease-fire violations to assist infiltration,” Sitharaman said. “Pakistan will pay for this misadventure.”
Indian officials have said the heavily armed attackers involved in Saturday’s attack were members of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant group.
Pakistani officials criticized India for rushing to a conclusion without a full inquiry.
After shooting their way into the base, the militants — who Indian officials said wore fatigues and carried assault rifles and grenades — had taken positions inside a residential complex meant for soldiers’ families, leading to more than a day of gunfights to clear the area.
India has long accused Pakistan of training and arming militants and helping them infiltrate across the heavily militarized Line of Control into Jammu and Kashmir, India’s only Muslim majority state.
Since India-Pakistan split 71 years ago, the nations have fought each other in three wars, two over the Kashmir region, which they both claim in full but rule in part.
Pakistan rejected India’s latest allegations and has denied giving material aid to the fighters in Kashmir. Such accusations, according to a recent statement by Pakistan’s foreign ministry, stem from India’s attempts to divert attention from its own “state terrorism” in the area to include “the brutalization of peaceful, unarmed Kashmiris.”


Youth football team rescued from cave expected to leave hospital

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Youth football team rescued from cave expected to leave hospital

CHIANG RAI, Thailand: The youth football teammates rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand are expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday and to speak about their ordeal.
A news conference with the 12 boys and their coach was being arranged for the evening in the northern city of Chiang Rai, where the boys have been recovering in a hospital since last week.
Government spokesman Lt. Gen. Sansern Kaewkamnerd said doctors and psychologists were participating in the news conference to filter questions and ensure the boys’ well-being. The conference hall venue was decorated as a soccer field.
The group entered the Tham Luang cave on June 23 but was soon trapped by flooding. Divers found them 10 days later and rescuers eventually extracted them over three days, concluding July 10.