Updated: 02/05/17 : 07:06:36
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World :: Pakistan troops accused of mutilating Indian soldiers' bodies

India says Pakistani troops have killed two of its soldiers and mutilated their bodies in the disputed Kashmir region.

The Indian army said Pakistani forces on Monday attacked one of their patrol units along the de facto border.

It added that mutilating the bodies was an "unsoldierly act".

Pakistan has denied the allegation, saying its army "was a highly professional force" that would "never disrespect a soldier".

India's Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said the incident was "reprehensible and inhuman", adding that such acts "do not take place even during war".

"Such acts are unheard of even during wars and definitely never in peace time," he said in a statement broadcast on Indian television.

"The entire country has full faith in the army that they will give the appropriate response."

Claimed by both countries, Kashmir has been a flashpoint for more than 60 years.

Meanwhile, authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir have cancelled by-elections for a parliamentary seat following violence in the state.

The situation has been tense in the region since security forces clashed with protesters during another by-election on 9 April.

At least eight people died and scores suffered injuries in the clashes.

Paramilitary forces fired bullets and shotgun pellets as people protesting against Indian rule stormed polling stations near the capital, Srinagar.

Separatist leaders had called for a boycott of the vote.