RAWALPINDI: Pakistan military claimed that it has shot down an Indian spy aircraft hours after Indian cross-border firing killed two Pakistani girls.

“Indian Quadcopter down by Pakistan troops at Aagahi Post in Rak Chakri sector” near Rawlakot along the Line of Control, an army statement said.

The statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations said that the aircraft had intruded 60 meters in Pakistani side of the LoC.

The wreckage of the drone is now in the custody of the Pakistani forces, it added.

The Pakistani army said that two girls were killed and three persons injured in “unprovoked” firing by the Indian troops in Singhala Village of Khoi Ratta along the Line of Control.

Foreign office spokesperson, Nafees Zakaria, strongly condemned unprovoked firing by the Indian troops. He said the slain girls were aged 4 and 7 years old.

The two countries had declared ceasefire along the LoC and working boundary in 2003; however, escalation has been seen since the militants attacked an army center in the Indian-occupied Kashmir in September.

The attack, blamed on the Pakistan-based “Jaish-e-Mohammad” group, had killed 19 Indian soldiers.