Lam Valley: Pakistani Jets Crosses LoC, Indian Air Force Shoots Down One F-16

| February 27 , 2019 , 14:12 IST

Just a day after Indian Air Force strikes Pakistani fighter jets on Wednesday morning violated the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch and Nowshera district of Jammu and Kashmir, senior officials said.

But fortunately, the Indian Air Force jets "engaged" the Pakistani jets, and forced them to return. The Pakistani jets dropped bombs while returning, officials said. There were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage.

News agency ANI tweeted photos showed craters made by the Pakistani bombs in Rajouri.

Initial reports suggested that the Pakistani fighter jets were F-16s. There were reports of at least three fighter jets entering Nowshera.

News agency PTI quoted an unnamed official as saying, "The jets entered into Indian air space over Nowshera sector this morning." They were immediately pushed back by Indian jets on air patrol, PTI reported.

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Meanwhile, an Indian military helicopter crashed in Budgam, located around 200 kilometres away from Rajouri. The cause of the crash was uncertain and two pilots were feared killed.

Spokesperson of Pakistan armed forces, Major General Asif Ghafoor, in a tweet, claimed that two Indian Air Force jets were shot down by Pakistan Air Force and one Indian pilot was also arrested.

Srinagar, Jammu and Leh airports were Wednesday closed for civilian air traffic shortly after an IAF jet crashed in Budgam district and amid the escalation of cross-Line of Control shelling between armies of India and Pakistan. "The civilian air traffic has been suspended temporarily in view of the emergency," an official of the Airport Authority of India told PTI.