The Indian Air Force (IAF)’s Mirage 2000 fighter jets have conducted airstrikes across the disputed Kashmir border, according to reports.
According to the sources cited by an Indian news agency, Asian News International (ANI), 12 fighter jets had crossed into Pakistani territory and destroyed a militant training camp with 1,000 kg of explosives. The attack took place around 3.30am, ANI reported.
This is the first aerial bombing campaign across the disputed border since India went to war with Pakistan in 1971, which led to the creation of Bangladesh.
The early morning operation, which the Pakistanis say caused no casualties or damage, comes amid the highest tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours in years, after a suicide attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy that killed at least 40 security personnel earlier this month.
Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, Spokesperson of Pakistan Armed Forces, has confirmed the cross-border strike adding that the intrusion across LOC in Muzafarabad Sector within AJ&K was 3-4 miles.
Indian aircrafts’ intrusion across LOC in Muzafarabad Sector within AJ&K was 3-4 miles.Under forced hasty withdrawal aircrafts released payload which had free fall in open area. No infrastructure got hit, no casualties. Technical details and other important information to follow.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) February 26, 2019