The government in India says it bombed areas inside Pakistan killing hundreds, but the government in Pakistan denies casualties in the air raids.
Indian fighter jets crossed into Pakistani territory on Tuesday, conducting what the Indian government is calling a “non-military pre-emptive action” against the group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). Tensions have been escalating between the two countries, weeks after a bombing in Kashmir that killed 40 Indian soldiers.
Pakistan reported the airstrike, Major General Asif Ghafoor said its air force scrambled to have jets respond, forcing India’s jets to “release [their] payload in haste while escaping.”
Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale says the jets hit their target and “a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being trained for fidayeen action were eliminated.”
Local residents said the sounds of aircrafts and an explosion were heard in the Jaba area of Mansehra, located about 60 km from the border that divides Indian and Pakistan administered Kashmir.