India strikes back: IAF jets destroy Jaish terror camps across LoC

In retaliation to the deadly Pulwama terror attack, the Indian Air Force fighter jets crossed the line of control in the early hours of 26 February 2019 and attacked Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

According to Pakistan’s Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations Pakistan, Asif Ghafoor, “Indian aircrafts intruded from Muzaffarabad sector. Facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot. No casualties or damage.”

Key Highlights:-

1. In the operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being trained for fidayeen action were reportedly eliminated.
2. In the intelligence-led operation, India struck the biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa.
3. In total, it has been reported that more than two camps of the Jaish E Mohammed were destroyed and after the arrival of the Pakistan airforce, the Indian jets returned. However, the Indian foreign secretary has confirmed the attack on only one JeM camp.
4. According to sources, the Indian Air Force used Mirage-2000 jets to drop 1000 kg of laser-guided bombs causing an estimated casualty of 200-300.
5. Accordingly to preliminary information, it has been said that more than 200 terrorists might have been killed.

The strike comes almost two weeks after a suicide terror attack on an Indian army convoy on February 14, 2019, that killed over 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The current attack is similar to the surgical strike carried out by the Indian Army on September 29, 2016, when they attacked seven terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in retaliation to an attack on its base in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri.

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