Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today hailed the Indian Air Force (IAF) for striking the biggest training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) group in Pakistan, eliminating a very large number of terrorists and their trainers.
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) February 26, 2019
Foreign Secretary Vijay K. Gokhale told the media that the “non-military pre-emptive action was specifically targeted at the terrorist camp” which he said was located on a hilltop far away from civilian areas.
The camp, he said, was located at Balakot, about 195 km from Islamabad and over 40 km from Muzaffarabad, in the province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Reports claimed that the IAF strike was carried out by a group of Mirage 2000 fighters at around 3.30 a.m.
The IAF action follows a suicide bombing on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14 which killed more than 40 troopers. The attack was claimed by the Pakistan-based JeM.