Indian Air Force planes launch air strikes on terror camps across LoC

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A dozen Mirage 2000 jets of the Indian Air Force destroyed terror camps across the Line of Control before dawn on Tuesday, ANI reported, quoting unidentified officials. They dropped “1,000 kg bombs” on the terror camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, the officials said.

Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fighters destroyed multiple terrorist camps across the Line of Control, news agency ANI reported. Earlier in the day, Pakistan armed forces spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor claimed Indian aircraft “intruded from Muzaffarabad sector” and “dropped a payload” near Balakot “facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force”.

ANI reports, quoting sources in the Indian Air Force, said at 0330 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.

Meanwhile, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg. A meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security is also underway. ANI also reported that the Indian Air Force has put on all its air defence systems along the international border and LoC on high alert to respond to any possible action by Pakistan Air Force.

The Indian Air Force or the government has not yet responded to the claims. Union Minister Shekhawat was the first to tweet on the attacks from the government’s side. Opposition leaders Congress president Rahul Gandhi and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal tweeted saluting the armed forces.

Earlier in the morning, Pakistan had claimed that Indian Air Force aircraft had violated the Line of Control in the Muzaffarabad sector. Pakistan claimed that the aircraft returned after its Air Force “immediately scrambled”, and they had dropped payload “in haste while escaping”.

The location of the strikes is unclear, and there is no official word from India yet.

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