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Sportspersons salute Indian Air Force after strike on terror camps in Pakistan

File photo of Sachin Tendulkar (L), Saina Nehwal (C) and Shikhar Dhawan. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 26, 2019, 06.24 PM (IST)

India woke up to the news that the Indian Air Force had launched a pre-emptive airstrike across the Line of Control (LOC) early on Tuesday, and destroyed several terror camps set up near the borderline.

Twelve Mirage 2000 fighter jets dropped 1,000 kg bombs on the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed camps.

The airstrike comes just twelve days after the deadliest terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir's three-decade of militancy, at Pulwama, in which at least 40 CRPF personnel were killed. 

Following the news, Indian citizens celebrated the reply given to Pakistan for providing safe havens to terrorists.  

Several big sports personalities including Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Mahesh Bhupathi, Saina Nehwal and others also took to Twitter to praise the IAF. 

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India struck the biggest camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed and a "very large number" of terrorists were eliminated, said Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.