Indian Air Force Strikes Back at Jaish-e-Mohammad Terrorist Camp
India was badly hit on February 14 by a group of terrorists, an attack which resulted in a huge number of casualties of Indian soldiers and devastating damages. Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) had since claimed responsibility for the attack and damages caused.
India in a retaliating response to the attack had on Tuesday launched an airstrike on the Pakistani controlled part of Kashmir, an attack which was targeted on the terrorist group, Jaish-e-Mohammad.
Indian news outlets said on Wednesday that the airstrike carried out by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in response to the Pulwama attack of February 14 was done by Mirage Warplanes. They reported that the Indian Air Force have used Israeli-made ‘Spice 200’ missiles to execute the attack on the JeM terrorist group.
At least 1,000 kilograms of explosives were dropped on the terrorist camps. The missiles were fitted with “pre-fed GPS coordinates” and it is carefully fitted with anti-deflection and anti-jamming technologies to create balance when used.
Islamabad accused New Delhi of violating its airspace, , after the Indian Air Force attacked the camp of JeM. The terrorist group had earlier boasted of perpetuating the attack on the Indian Military convoy in Jammu and Kashmir earlier in the month.
Speaking on Tuesday, the India’s Ministry of External Affairs has assured that the Indian Air Force had done a thorough job by ensuring that there were no civilian casualties in the strike. According to him, the strike was a “non-military and pre-emptive move”.
The Pakistani National Security Council has in turn rejected the New Delhi’s claim that the airstrike was targeted at terrorists and that it was due to Islamabad’s inability to take action to destroy the terrorist group and its infrastructures.
The airstrike was not a welcomed moved by the Pakistani Foreign Ministry as they have planned a retaliating strike against India. The minister has described the attack as “an act of aggression” which threatens regional security.
The Pulwama attack has soured the relationship between Islamabad and New Delhi. Cordial relationship between the two neighbouring countires turned bitter when a car carrying 100 pounds of explosives was intentionally detonated in Jammu-Srinagar highway, in India. The explosion was close to a security convoy, killing 45 Indian paramilitary officers.
The attack was reported to be the biggest in India’s history since 2008 when a terrorist attack left more than 150 people dead in Mumbai.
Tensions have escalated further with both the sides retaliating. International community, including the US, China and the UK, have urged both the parties to aim at resolving the tensions calmly.
New Delhi has fingered the Pakistan-based terrorist group leader, identified as Maulana Masood Azhar, as the person responsible for the attack of February 14.
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