India launches airstrikes on Pakistan across disputed Kashmir border

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    India has carried out aerial bombing over the disputed ceasefire line in Kashmir for the first time since it went to war with Pakistan in 1971, claiming to have hit a large militant training camp.

    The Indian foreign secretary, Vijay Gokhale, said in a briefing that Delhi had received credible intelligence the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant group, which killed 40 Indian security personnel in a suicide bombing earlier this month, was training fighters for similar attacks.

    “In the face of imminent danger a pre-emptive strike became absolutely necessary,” Gokhale said.

    Pakistan, which was the first to announce the incursion of Indian fighter jets early on Tuesday morning, has said the war planes only made it up to four miles inside its territory before they were rebuffed, dropping their payloads without casualties or damage.

    “Indian aircrafts intruded from Muzafarabad sector,” Pakistan’s armed forces spokesman, Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor said on Twitter on Tuesday morning.

    “Facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot,” he said.
    Source: theguardian

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