Before air strike, Indian intelligence agencies confirmed 300 cellphone connections at JeM terror camp: Sources

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 04, 2019, 07.12 PM(IST)

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The sources said the number of cellphone connections were confirmed by the National Technical Research Organisation — a technical intelligence agency under the National Security Adviser — and other intelligence agencies. 

In the days leading up to India's air strike on the Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp in Pakistan's Balakot, intelligence agencies had confirmed the presence of 300 active mobile connections at the facility, the news agency ANI has quoted sources as saying. 

ANI reported the sources as saying NTRO (National Technical Research Organisation — a technical intelligence agency which comes under the National Security Adviser) surveillance confirmed the presence of 300 active mobile phone connections at the camp. 

The sources added that other intelligence agencies had reported the same findings. 

ANI did not say who the sources were. 


India struck the JeM camp in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province after the February 14 attack on a Central Reserve Police Force convoy in Pulwama, Kashmir in which at least 40 CRPF personnel were killed. The Pulwama attack was claimed by the JeM. 

The number of casualties from India's air strike been the biggest sticking point ever since the strike.  

After the strike, news reports appearing in the Indian media had said the number of casualties could be as high as 350. 

Pakistan has said there were none. 

On Sunday, BJP President Amit Shah said 250 cadres of the JeM were killed in the strike.