Indian jets crossed into Pakistani territory today, conducting what one minister said was an air strike on "terror camps", dramatically escalating tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours who have fought three wars against each other.
The confrontation follows a growing rift between the arch-foes since a February 14 suicide bombing in the disputed Kashmir region, claimed by a Pakistani-based militant group, killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police. New Delhi blamed Islamabad, which denies having a role in the attack.
Pakistan downplayed today’s incident, saying there were no casualties and that Indian jets "released a payload" hastily in a forest area after crossing Kashmir’s Line of Control (LoC), which acts as a de facto border between the two countries.
"Air Force carried out aerial strike early morning today at terror camps across the LoC (Line of Control) and Completely destroyed it," India’s minister of state for agriculture, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, said on Pakistan’s military confirmed Indian aircraft violated its airspace but said "no infrastructure got hit".
"Indian aircrafts intruded from Muzafarabad sector," Pakistani military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said on Twitter early today, referring to an area in the Pakistan-administered part of Kashmir.