India carries out airstrikes on JeM terror camps in Pakistan

Feb 26, 2019, 1:04 AM EST
(Source: Wg Cdr Rakesh Singh Chauhan (Retd)/flickr)
(Source: Wg Cdr Rakesh Singh Chauhan (Retd)/flickr)

Amid heightened tensions over the Pulwama attack that killed 40 Indian paramilitary troops earlier this month, India’s air force has struck terror camps across the ceasefire line in Pakistan in a first of its kind operation since the 1971 war with the arch rival.

Although, an official confirmation is due from the Indian authorities, local media reported that 12 fighter jets crossed into the Pakistan territory in the wee hours of Tuesday and destroyed a militant training camp, killing about 200-300 terrorists, notes The Guardian.

Pakistan accused the Indian air force of violating its airspace but denied any damage or casualties, adding that its jets swiftly responded to the “intrusion,” writes the BBC. Later, India’s Ministry of External Affairs held a press conference and informed that the air strikes targeted a major terrorist camp run by Jaish-e-Mohammed, the outfit that claimed responsibility for the Pulwama terror attack.