International Desk: The Indian Air Force airstrike in the town of Balakot killed about 300 militants, said government sources on Tuesday.
India has confirmed the attack on the biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad, the terror group which was involved in the February 14 attack on a CRPF convoy. Twelve Mirage 2000 fighter jets struck joint training camps of Jaish and LeT inside Pakistan and completely destroyed them by shelling 1,000 kg bombs. It took 19 minutes to complete the operation.
"Credible intelligence was received that JeM was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country, and the fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose. In the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary," said Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.
An official number on the number of militants neutralised by the Indian Air Force has not been confirmed by either side, though some sources are hinting at a number as high as 350.
risingbd/Dhaka/Feb 26, 2019/AI