Watch: India strikes terror camps in Pakistan: 300 Muslim terrorists eliminated
12 days after the deadly terror attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama in which 40 soldiers were murdered, Indian Air Force early Tuesday carried out air strikes on the biggest Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group training camp at Balakot inside Pakistan, eliminating a large number of Muslim terrorists.
Twelve Mirage 2000 jets dropped 1,000 kg bombs on the terror training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammad, which had claimed responsibility for the Pulwama terror attack.
Pakistan-based Jaish terror group had been active for the last two decades, led by Masood Azhar with its headquarters in Bahawalpur.
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said it was a “non-military, pre-emptive strike” specifically targeted at the Jaish-e-Mohammed camp and the “selection of the target was also conditioned by our desire to avoid civilian casualties.”
He said credible intelligence was received that the Jaish terror group was planning to carry out more suicide attacks in India.
On February 14, a Muslim terrorist rammed a car bomb into a paramilitary convoy in Awantipora murdering 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel and wounding several others, in deadliest terror attack for Indian security forces in Kashmir in two decades.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the terror attack “despicable” in a post on Twitter. “I strongly condemn this dastardly attack,” he wrote. “The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain.”