Days after Pulwama attack, India here on Tuesday carried out surgical strikes in Pakistan with top government sources saying that there were over 200 casualties from IAF strike. As many as 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force struck Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) terror launch pads in Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakothi areas in Pakistan in an early morning strike on Tuesday.
The attack was carried out at around 3:30 am and lasted around 21 minutes, IAF sources have said. As per sources, the fighter jets dropped 1,000 kilogrammes of bombs at terrorist camps across the Line of Control.
Manufactured by France’s Dassault Aviation, Mirage 2000 is a fourth-generation aircraft and is seen as one of the best fighter aircraft in the world. Each jet is equipped to carry a heavy payload and top-of-the-line artillery.
While officials in the air force refused to comment, saying that they have nothing to reply, sources told CNN-News18 that the force was targeting a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) hideout in Balakot sector with laser-guided bombs.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is chairing a high-level CCS meeting in New Delhi along with Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Arun Jaitley on the attack.
The Indian Air Force has put on high alert all air defence systems along the international border and LoC to respond to any possible action by Pakistan Air Force reported ANI.