The Indian army has admitted it made a mistake in shooting dead two teenagers in restive Indian-occupied Kashmir this week, a rare public admission of fault by the military.
The teenagers died after soldiers fired at a car on the outskirts of Srinagar on Monday, while another youngster was critically wounded.
“We take responsibility for the death of the two boys in Kashmir,” the chief of the army´s northern command, D.S. Hooda, told reporters in Srinagar late Friday in televised remarks.
“We admit a mistake was made there was some information about a white car with terrorists. Obviously, the identity was mistaken in this case,” the lieutenant-general added.
Hooda promised an investigation into the deaths that would be conducted with “the highest standard of transparency”.