New Delhi: Twelve days after the Pulwama terror attack by Pakistan-backed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammmed (JeM) that killed 40 CRPF jawans, India avenged the dastardly attack by eliminating the biggest terror hideout of the Jaish with an air strike at 3.30 AM on Tuesday. 12 IAF Mirage 2000 went crossed the LoC and dropped 1000 Kgs of bombs at Balakot situated in the northwest of Muzaffarabad. Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir: CRPF Personnel Commits Suicide by Shooting Self With Service Rifle
The IAF chose the target because JeM was running its biggest terror camp in the area and approximately 300 terrorists were camping in the hideout. In the non-military preemptive strike, India destroyed the terror camp, killing all the terrorists inside the camp. The target was decided to hit the terror camp and not the civilian area. The camp was being run by JeM chief Masood Azhar’s brother-in-law Yusuf Azhar where hundreds of terrorists were being trained. Balakot is considered as the epicentre of all Jehadi activities by the terror group and a nerve centre to train the terrorists to hit India. Also Read - Kupwara Encounter: 3 CRPF Personnel Martyred in Militant Attack, Area Cordoned off
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In a press conference, India said, “We have been urging the action and Pakistan has not taken any. Credible intelligence was received. In the face of danger preemptive strike were the only option. India Struck in Balakot. JeM commanders, terrorists were eliminated. The action desired no casualties on civilians. Strike happened a while ago so waiting for further details We expect Pakistan lives up to its public commitment”. (Also Read: Why Surgical Strikes 2.0 at Jaish-e-Mohammed Terror Camps is Bigger Than 2016 Surgical Strike)
The strike was carried out at three places – Balakot (3: 45), Chakothi (3:48), Muzaffarabad (3:58) by the single-engine fighter jet Mirage 2000. It has the capability to hit the target with laser-guided missiles and bombs in difficult terrains. It can fly at the speed of 2495 kmph. During the Kargil war, Mirage 2000 jets were used to hit the targets.