India struck hard on terror this morning when a squadron of Mirage 2000 attacked terror facilities in Pakistan. “India conducted non-military preemptive strikes on the biggest JeM terror camp,” said Vijay Gokhale . It was not clear if the strikes were on Balakote in PoK or Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
An eye-witness from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mohammed Adil, told BBC that he knows about the “houses being hit near his residence and someone he knows personally being injured.”
“It was very scary. We heard loud noises and five ten minutes later there was a blast. We did not sleep the whole night. After 5-10 minutes, we got to know there’s been a blast,” he said. According to BBC Hindi, Adil said there were five blasts at the same time.
“We saw fallen trees and one house damaged and four craters where the bombs had fallen,” a Mohammad Ajmal told Reuters.
A large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and group of jihadis were eliminated in the operation, the foreign secretary told the media, hours after news broke out that IAF Mirage aircraft were deployed to unleash a wave of bombings on terror camps across the LoC.
In the face of imminent danger, a preventive strike became “absolutely necessary,” he said, adding that India is firmly committed towards taking all measures to fight terrorism.
India, Gokhale said, expects Pakistan to dismantle all terror camps, including those of the JeM.