Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Pakistan shoots down two Indian Airforce MIG-21 jets

Pakistan confirmed on Wednesday that it had shot down two Indian Airforce MIG-21 jets on its own airspace, capturing one of the pilots. “In response to PAF strikes this morning…PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K (Azad Jammu and Kashmir abbreviated as AJK and commonly known as Azad Kashmir, is a nominally self-governing jurisdiction administered by Pakistan.) while other fell inside IOK. One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area.” said the spokesperson for Pakistan Armed Forces, Maj.Gen Asif Ghafoor. Indian media reports say that two pilots were killed when a Mig 21 plane crashed in Occupied Kashmir’s Budgam District. One went down in Pakistan’s part of Kashmir while the other went down in Indian-controlled part of the Himalayan region.
The debris was found 7 kms from the airport. "The IAF team will investigate the crash site and provide more details", said Superintendent of Police, Nagpure Amod Ashok. At least four airports in the northern part of India, including the main airport in Indian-administered Kashmir, were shut down indefinitely on Wednesday amid warnings of a retaliatory attack by Pakistan. Flights have also been suspended in northern Pakistani cities, including Lahore and Peshawar. Both countries have ordered air strikes over the last two days, the first time in history that two nuclear armed powers have done so, while ground forces have exchanged fire in more than a dozen locations.
There has been ongoing heavy fire near the crash site.

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