POSTED AT 10:21 AM 27-02-2019
Indian aircraft violate Pakistan airspace
Indian fighter jets have crossed the line of control into Pakistan, carrying out a bombing sortie before Islamabad scrambled its own aircraft in response, according to Pakistan's military.
The operation appears to be the first major military response to the militant car bombing in Pulwama, Kashmir earlier this month which the Indian government blames on Pakistan.
The Indian aircraft crossed through Pakistan-administered Kashmir and "released a payload" near Balakot in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, said spokesperson for the Pakistan Armed Forces Asif Ghafoor.
A spokesman for India's defence ministry said he "had no information" regarding the sortie.
But India's ANI news agency, quoting air force sources, said 12 Mirage 2000 aircraft crossed the line of control at 3.30am on Tuesday and dropped 1,000kg of bombs on militant camps.
The air force sources described the attack as targeting a key base belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) group, and that it "completely destroyed it". JeM has claimed responsibility for orchestrating the 14 February Pulwama attack.
Pakistan's Maj General Ghafoor put into question the success of the operation, however, posting pictures to Twitter that appeared to show impact craters from bombs in open countryside.