China has freed 10 Indian soldiers seized in a high-altitude border clash in the Himalayas which left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead, said media reports on Friday.
The release follows several rounds of talks between the two sides in a bid to ease tensions after the battle on Monday, in which scores of troops from the two sides fought with nail-studded batons and hurled rocks at each other.
The 10 soldiers were freed late Thursday, the Press Trust of India news agency and other media reported.
The Indian government made no comment but the army released a statement saying: “It is clarified that there are no Indian troops missing in action” after the fighting in the Galwan Valley area of Ladakh.
The Hindu newspaper said an agreement on the release was reached at major general-level talks between the Indian army and China’s People’s Liberation Army.
The Indian military said 18 troops were still being treated for serious injuries.