India drops 1,000 kg bombs across LoC, destroys terror camps
Days after Jaish-e-Mohammed executed the Pulwama attack, the outfit's camps across the LoC were destroyed by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday. Although the Defense Ministry or IAF haven't released official statements, reports claimed IAF used 12 Mirage 2000 jets to drop 1,000 kgs of explosives across the LoC. The IAF jets struck at 3:30 AM on Tuesday, reports ANI. Here's more.
Terror camps completely destroyed
IAF Sources: 12 Mirage 2000 jets took part in the operation that dropped 1000 Kg bombs on terror camps across LOC, completely destroying it pic.twitter.com/BP3kIrboku— ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019
Jaish-e-Mohammed's camps neutralized, casualties more than 100
The strikes neutralized Jaish-e-Mohammed camps in Balakot, Muzaffarabad, and Chakothi. The casualties could be somewhere around 200-300, the reports added. For the successful strikes, Indian jets crossed over the international boundary.
Strikes a success, went on as planned
Reports confirmed the attacks were 100% successful and went on as planned. Major General AK Siwach said, "There is absolutely no question that India is now on the highest alert. The strikes have been very successful, and now we must stay guarded." Former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted that if true the strikes weren't small by "any stretch of the imagination."
Check out Abdullah's tweet here
Wow, if this is true this was not a small strike by any stretch of imagination but will wait for official word, should any be forthcoming. https://t.co/bOFt7SXl43— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) February 26, 2019
Earlier, Pakistan claimed India "violated" LoC
Earlier today, Pakistani Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor claimed India "violated the LoC" and added IAF received "timely intervention". "Facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot. No casualties or damage," he tweeted. Notably, on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, armies of both the countries exchanged gunfires.
Post Pulwama attack, Indo-Pak tension reached new heights
This comes at a time when Indo-Pak relations are tensed. Pakistan claimed it had nothing to do with the dastardly February 14 attack on CRPF convoy, but India didn't buy the theory. Jaish-e-Mohammed, the outfit which executed the attack in which 40 personnel got martyred, operates from Pakistani soil showing the country's laxity to curtail terrorism. India had promised attack won't be "forgotten".