It’s no secret that tensions between India and Pakistan have been running high for years now. The two nuclear-armed neighbors have fought multiple wars over the years. However, their most recent military clash of note occurred in February 2019, when the two exchanged airstrikes on targets on both sides of the border.

** The border between Pakistan and India is notoriously heavily guarded.

The stress level in the region was just bumped up a notch as India is reporting that they accidentally launched a missile into Pakistan as the result of what they are calling a “technical malfunction.”

Here is an official statement from the Indian Ministry of Defense:

“On 9 March 2022, in the course of a routine maintenance, a technical malfunction led to the accidental firing of a missile.

It is learnt that the missile landed in an area of Pakistan. While the incident is deeply regrettable, it is also a matter of relief that there has been no loss of life due to the accident.”

The Ministry also noted that they have “taken a serious view and ordered a high-level Court of Enquiry.”