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Mirage 2000 IAF jets drop 1000 kg bombs on targets across LoC: Report

Pakistan admitted that IAF jets crossed over into its border but said they could not do "any damage"

Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:15 PM, ummid.com News Network

Surgical Strike 2

[The attack took place after more than 45 CRPF troopers were killed in a worst terror attack in Pulwama (Image only for representation purpose)]

New Delhi: A group of 12 Mirage 2000 Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets in the wee hours Tuesday dropped about 1000 kg of bombs and destroyed a JeM terror camp across the Line of Control (LoC), media reports said.

The government is yet to confirm the attack which took place 12 days after more than 45 CRPF were killed in a terror attack in Pulwama district of Kashmir.

Quoting sources in the Indian Air Force, news agency ANI reported that at 03:30 hours on February 26, a group of Mirage 2000 Indian Fighter jets struck a major terrorist camp across the LoC and completely destroyed it.

The IAF source further told ANI that 1000-kg bombs were dropped on terror camps across the LoC, adding that 12 Mirage 2000 jets took part in the operation.

Another report citing Indian Army sources said that IAF jets struck training camps in Balakot at around 3.45 am, Muzafarrabad at around 3.48 am and Chakoti at around 3.58 am.

The attack took place after more than 45 CRPF troopers were killed in a worst terror attack in decades in Pulwama district of Kashmir when an explosive laden vehicle rammed into the CRPF convoy on February 14, 2019. Terror outfit JeM in a video claimed the responsibility of the attack.

Tension between Indian and Pakistan was high ever since the Pulwama terror attack with people from all over India calling for a "befitting" reply to the brutal attack. Prime Minister Modi had said the Indian Army had been given a free hand to take action.

The government has not officially confirmed the strike but there are reports that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is at PM Modi's residence. A meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security is also likely to happen within a few hours.

Soon after the reports of the attack across LoC, billed as "Surgical Strike 2", came in, former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah tweeted asking for clarity on the location where the IAF strikes took place.

"If this is Balakote in KPK it’s a major incursion & a significant strike by IAF planes. However if it’s Balakote in Poonch sector, along the LoC it’s a largely symbolic strike because at this time of the year forward launch pads & militant camps are empty & non-functional," he tweeted.

Meanwhile, Pakistan admitted that IAF jets crossed over its border but said they could not do "any damage".

“Indian Air Force violated Line of Control. Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled. Indian aircraft gone back. Details to follow,” Major Ghafoor initially tweeted.

“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,” he added.

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