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3 Indian Soldiers Killed in First Deadly Clash on India-China border

NEW DELHI: An Indian Army officer and two soldiers were killed by Chinese troops late Monday in clashes along the disputed India-China border, Indian officials said, raising tensions between the world’s two most populous nations.

Preliminary reports on Tuesday indicated that the soldiers had not been shot, but had been killed in a rock-throwing melee that was similar to fights that broke out last month along the border and seriously injured several soldiers on both sides.

It was the first time in decades that soldiers had been killed in a skirmish along the border, military experts said.

Indian military officials were tight-lipped about what happened and said they were trying to de-escalate the situation. After Indian and Chinese troops faced off at several points high in the Himalayas in the past few weeks, Indian officials said this month that the two sides were working to resolve disputes through diplomatic and military channels.

“During the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place yesterday night with casualties,” according to a statement that appeared in the Indian news media and that was attributed to Indian military officials. “The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers. Senior military officials of the two sides are currently meeting at the venue to defuse the situation.”

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