The Indian officials have claimed that one of the biggest training camps of Jaish-e-Mohammed group was struck during the airstrikes which were carried out early Tuesday in Balakot.
Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale in a statement said “Credible intelligence was received that JeM was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country, and the fidayeen were being trained for this purpose. In the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary.”
Gokhale further added “In an intelligence led operation in the early hours of today, India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terroirsts, trainers, senior commanders nd groups of jjihadis who were being trained for fidayeen action were eliminated. This facility at Balakot was headed by Maulana Yousuf Azhar (alias Ustad Ghouri), the brother-in-law of Masood Azhar, Chief of JeM.”
This comes as Pakistani military officials had earlier said that the Indian fighter jets had intruded 3 to 4 miles in Muzafarabad and were forced to retreat by dropping their payload hastily after facing on time response from the security forces.
Today’s airstrike was carried out in response to the February 14th suicide attack in Pulwama which claimed the lives of more than 40 Indian soldiers.