New Delhi: Hours after India’s non-military, pre-emptive action in a pre-dawn strike that annihilated training camps of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), killing around 300 terrorists, and the first images from the site are out. (Also read: IAF Avenges Pulwama With Air Strikes) Also Read - Pulwama 2-year Anniversary: Netizens Remember Sacrifice of 40 CRPF Soldiers Who Were Martyred on February 14, 2019
Earlier, addressing a press conference, Foreign Secretary Vijay K Gokhale had said that the action was specifically targeted at the terrorist camp located on a hilltop. The camp, he said, was at Balakot, about 195 km from Islamabad and over 40 km from Muzaffarabad, in the province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Also Read - US-Based Lockheed Martin Signs MoU With HAL to Explore Cooperation in India's Aerospace Sector
One of the pictures released by ANI shows the JeM camp destroyed by the air strikes early on Tuesday. Also Read - Pune Airport to Remain Shut for 14 Days This Year | Check Dates, Reason Here
The second photo shows the ammunition dump that was destroyed by the IAF Mirages. It reportedly had over 200 AK rifles, uncountable rounds hand grenades, explosives and detonators.
The third photo released by ANI shows that the JeM facility had national flags of USA, UK and Israel painted on its staircase.
Giving details of the “intelligence-led operation”, Gokhale said there was credible intelligence that the JeM was planning to carry out other suicide attacks in India after the Pulwama bombing.