India’s military accidentally fired a missile into neighboring Pakistan, New Delhi’s defense ministry said Friday, calling it “deeply regrettable.”
Hindu-majority India and Muslim Pakistan have fought three wars since independence from British colonial rule in 1947, two of them over the disputed territory of Kashmir.
Their shared border has a heavy military presence on both sides, and there have been numerous flare-ups between them, with tensions sometimes raising fears of an atomic exchange.
“In the course of a routine maintenance, a technical malfunction led to the accidental firing of a missile” on Wednesday, India’s defense ministry said.
It did not specify the type of missile, but said it landed “in an area of Pakistan”.
The incident was “deeply regrettable”, it said, adding it was “a matter of relief that there has been no loss of life due to the accident”.
The defense ministry declined to provide further information. (AFP)