Indian planes bomb Pakistan as Kashmir tensions escalate

Indian planes bomb Pakistan as Kashmir tensions escalate

Indian planes bomb Pakistan as Kashmir tensions escalate

Indian media started thumping chest soon after Delhi claimed that Indian Air Force (IAF) jets had struck what it called the biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant group in Balakot area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in a pre-dawn air strike, flattening the compound and killing 350 so-called terrorists.

India said the strike was predicated by intelligence showing the terror group was planning more suicide attacks in India.

The airstrike marks the first attack over the disputed Kashmir Line of Control in 40 years.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan both summoned emergency meetings of top ministers after the attack.

The Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility.

"We hope that both India and Pakistan can. take actions that will help stabilize the situation in the region and help to improve mutual relations, instead of the other way around", China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters.

Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale called the strike a "non-military pre-emptive action, specifically targeted at the Jaish-e-Muhammad camp".

Ghafoor said "facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force", the Indian aircraft "released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot".

The local police chief, Saghir Hussain Shah, said a team sent to the area found no damage and no casualties.

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The escalation between India and Pakistan has triggered global alarm, with China and the European Union calling for both sides to show restraint. In the a year ago, its increasingly bloody crackdown has escalated tensions in the troubled region.

They have fought two of their three wars over the Himalayan territory.

The report said the jets dropped large bombs on a "major terrorist camp".

Miller also described JeM as a Tier 1 terrorist group, especially those with state support, that have demonstrated the intention and the capability to attack U.S. persons or interests.

There was no immediate comment from New Delhi.

The committee said that "India has committed uncalled for aggression to which Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing".

Lt. Col. Devender Anand, an Indian army spokesman, said Pakistani soldiers attacked Indian positions overnight along the boundary in Kashmir, the so-called Line of Control.

It says Rahman was influenced by extremist Mullahs in Pakistan and decided he would go to Jihad in support of the Taliban.

Islamabad has said it had nothing to do with the attack, and warned it will retaliate if India launches any strike. "Pakistan has taken no concrete actions to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism on its soil".

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