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Balakot: India 'Strikes Kashmir Militants in Pakistani Territory'

Balakot: India 'Strikes Kashmir Militants in Pakistani Territory' – BBC News

India says it launched air strikes against Kashmiri militants in Pakistani territory in a major escalation of tensions between the two countries.

 

A top Indian minister said strikes targeted a training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) group in Balakot.

 

Pakistan said it scrambled fighter planes in response.

 

Relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours have been strained since a suicide attack earlier this month that killed more than 40 Indian troops.

 

India accuses Pakistan of allowing militant groups to operate on its territory and says it played a role in the 14 February attack - claims that Pakistan denies.

 

Tuesday's air strikes are the first launched across the line of control - the de facto border that divides India-administered Kashmir from Pakistan-administered Kashmir - since a war between the two countries in 1971…

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