New Delhi: Days after losing 40 CRPF soldiers in a suicide attack, India struck back by completely destroying terror launch pads in Balakot sector across Line of Control (LoC) on Tuesday morning. Also Read - Air Force Recruitment 2021: Applications Open For IAF AFCAT-2, Check Details About Eligibility, Salary And More

IAF sources said that a group of Mirage 2000 Indian Fighter jets took part in the operation and dropped 1000 kg bombs on terror camps including control rooms of Pak based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), that claimed responsibility of ghastly Pulwama attack. Also Read - Tahir Raj Bhasin on Spending Pandemic in Manali, Importance of Vaccine, Working in Chhichhore And More

The air strikes (which were based on locations provided by ground intelligence source) were carried at around 3:30 AM. Reports claimed that the operations lasted for about 20 minutes. Also Read - IAF's Covid Relief Efforts Increased Three-fold in One week

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“Pakistani F16s were scrambled to retaliate against IAF Mirage 2000s but turned back due to size of Indian formation. Western Air Command coordinated operation,” ANI quoted sources as saying.

Meanwhile, all the IAF bases were on high alert anticipating a reaction from Pakistan to the strikes. Sources said that the IAF bases along the borders and inside are fully geared to deal with any eventuality.

Air defence systems were activated to deal with any intruders along the International Border and the LoC. The airborne radars were keeping a close vigil on the activities inside Pakistan, the sources added.