INDIA has launched air strikes against Pakistani militants and deployed 10,000 extra troops to the disputed region of Kashmir following a suicide bomb attack.
Pakistan said that it has scrambled fighter jets in the response ramping up fears of a war between the two nuclear-powered neighbours.
Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale confirmed several extremists were killed in the strikes in the town of Balakot.
This is the first air strike fired across the border dividing the two countries – which both control parts of Kashmir – since the 1971 war.
Mr Gokhale said India had targeted the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) which claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on an Indian security convoy in Pulwama earlier this month.
He said: “A large number of JeM terrorists were killed. The strike avoided civil casualties.
“Credible intel [intelligence] was received that JeM was planning more suicide attacks in India.
“In the face of imminent danger, a pre-emptive strike became absolutely necessary.”
He added that senior members of the group had been killed in the strikes.
Indians in Ahmedabad celebrate the airstrikes against Pakistani militants[/caption]
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