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07 Mar 2019

Balakot: Before and after images confirm airstrikes caused significant damage

Satellite images show damage caused to Jaish-e-Mohammed's camp

With a cloud of uncertainty surrounding the number of terrorists killed in Indian Air Force's cross border operation on February 26, satellite images of Jaish-e-Mohammed's camp in Pakistan's Balakot reveal the damage inflicted.

The bombs dropped by IAF jets pierced the roofs and caused significant damage on the ground.

However, the explosives didn't bring down the entire structure.

Here's what we know.

In context

Satellite images show damage caused to Jaish-e-Mohammed's camp
Tents went missing after IAF's operation

Tents

Tents went missing after IAF's operation

The satellite images were clicked on March 4, days after IAF breached Pakistani airspace to demolish JeM's camp.

After the operation, tents in the area were nowhere to be seen. While pre-strike satellite images showed two large tented accommodation, they were missing in post-strike pictures.

This indicates that the tents were either destroyed in the strikes or were removed after the operation.

Bombs

It seems IAF didn't use Spice-2000 bombs for operation

The post-strike images showed that iron sheet roofs of JeM's facility had four large black spots. This confirms the glider bombs entered the establishment and exploded inside.

While it was reported earlier, IAF used GPS guided Spice-2000 bombs for the operation, the post-strike images indicated a less lethal version of the explosives may have been used.

The Spice-2000 bombs can destroy entire structures.

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Structure also had small burnt spots

Burn spots

Structure also had small burnt spots

According to a report in The Print, Spice-250, specially designed for targets like tents and shacks, could have been used.

The images also show small burnt spots, which couldn't have been caused by a 1,000 kg bomb.

The spots seemed man-made indicating "shallow digging" and "burning" probably by the Pakistani army.

While walls remained intact, significant damage was caused on the ground.

You can see the detailed images here

Report

Earlier, Reuters claimed no damage was inflicted

Notably, Reuters had claimed the establishment was intact even after IAF strikes.

The agency assessed the satellite images and after comparing it with pictures of April 2018, concluded, "There are no discernible holes in the roofs of buildings, no signs of scorching, blown-out walls, displaced trees around the madrasa or other signs of an aerial attack."

However, the recent reports dismiss Reuters' findings.

Location of camp protected it from visual surveillance

Location

Location of camp protected it from visual surveillance

It is also important to note that days before IAF executed the perfect operation, National Technical Research Organization (NTRO) revealed there were 300 active mobile connections in the outfit's camp.

The camp in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province was about 65 kilometer away from the LoC.

Nestled in a jungle, away from the civilian population, the camp was mostly hidden from visual surveillance.

Message

India sends a strong message to Pakistan with airstrikes

By going deep into Pakistan, India has been successful in telling Pakistan that terrorism won't be tolerated.

If the neighboring country continues to aid terror outfits like JeM, which claimed responsibility for the dastardly Pulwama attack, New Delhi won't flinch before retaliating.

With this attack, India also managed to call out Pakistan's nuclear bluff and put the country in a tough spot.

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What happened in Balakot?

What did Jaish-e-Mohammed do?

Has government revealed number of terrorists killed in the attack?

How did Pakistan react on Balakot?

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What happened in Balakot?

Asked on 07-03-2019 by Muhammad Chauhan

Answered by NewsBytes

On February 26, Indian Air Force launched a discreet operation. The jets entered Pakistani airspace and dropped bombs on Jaish-e-Mohammed's camp in Balakot, Pakistan.

What did Jaish-e-Mohammed do?

Asked on 07-03-2019 by Muhammad Kapur

Answered by NewsBytes

Jaish-e-Mohammed has been waging war against India since its inception. The terror outfit, which operates from Pakistan, carried out the Pulwama attack.

Has government revealed number of terrorists killed in the attack?

Asked on 07-03-2019 by Vihaan Jaiteley

Answered by NewsBytes

No. The government hasn't revealed a number yet but reports claimed as many as 300 terrorists were killed.

How did Pakistan react on Balakot?

Asked on 07-03-2019 by Aaradhya Mehra

Answered by NewsBytes

Pakistan saw Balakot strikes as India's "act of aggression" and condemned it.

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