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India carries out air strikes inside Pakistan: What we know so far

File photo of an Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fighter jet. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 26, 2019, 10.42 AM (IST)

India carried out air strikes inside Pakistan early on Tuesday and targeted terror camps, sources said.

The strikes involving the Mirage fighter jets of the Indian Air Force successfully destroyed camps belonging to Pakistan-based terror outfits in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, sources added.

The extent of the damage inflicted on the ground is not immediately known.

In Islamabad, the Pakistan Army alleged that the Indian Air Force violated the Line of Control (LoC) in Muzaffarabad sector.

The development comes amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan after the February 14 suicide attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group that killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district.

Here is what we know so far:

  • Indian Air Force conducts air strikes on terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camps in Pakistan
  • Indian Air Force jets crossed the Line of Control at 3:30 am
  • A group of Mirage 2000 dropped the bomb
  • The air strikes lasted for 21 minutes
  • 12 mirage jets involved in the operation
  • 10 terror camps in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir attacked
  • The destroyed terror pads were in Balakot, Chakoti and Muzaffarabad
  • Reports say Alpha-3 control room of Jaish destroyed
  • Pakistani security forces have cordoned off the area where Air Force jets carried out the strikes
  • A meeting of Cabinet Committee on Security is underway in Delhi
  • PM Modi briefed by India's National Security Advisor on operation and assessment
  • Pakistan foreign minister has called an emergency meeting
  • Indian Air Force put on high alert
  • All air defence systems along the International Border and Line of Control ready to respond to any possible action from across the border
  • India struck the biggest camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot
  • Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said, in this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers and Jihadis were eliminated
  • The facility in Balakot was headed by Maulana Yusuf Azhar alias Ustad Ghauri, brother in law of JeM Chief Masood Azhar who died in the strike

Story highlights

The development comes amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan after the February 14 suicide attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group that killed 40 CRPF soldiers.