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Indian Fighter Jets Shot Down over Kashmir as Tensions Soar

(Last Updated On: February 27, 2019)

Pakistan shot down two Indian aircraft and launched air strikes at six targets in Indian-administered Kashmir, Pakistan army said on Wednesday.

Addressing at a press conference Pakistan’s Army spokesman Asif Ghafoor said that the country’s air forces have shot down two Indian fighter jets inside the Pakistan airspace.

He also said that one Indian pilot was arrested by troops on the ground.

Ghafoor added that one of the crafts fell inside Pakistan and the other fell inside the Indian Territory.

However, the Indian government has not officially refused the claim but confirmed that it has lost one MiG21 jet and a pilot is also missing.

“Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts,” Indian’s Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

According to the statement, a Pakistan F-16 fighter jet was also shot down by the Indian Air Force on Wednesday while Pakistani fighter jets entered Indian airspace to target military installations on the Indian side.

“The Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side,” the statement added.

This comes as on Tuesday the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke separately with the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan and urged them to avoid “further military activity” following an air strike by India inside Pakistan.

“We encourage India and Pakistan to exercise restraint, and avoid escalation at any cost,” Pompeo said Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Indian aircraft entered Pakistani airspace in Pakistan-administered Kashmir in targeted a militants camp, where dozens of Jaish-Mohammad fighter and commanders were killed.

Pakistan claims that there were no casualties in the strike.

It was the first time Indian jets had entered and fired while within Pakistani airspace since a war between the two countries in 1971.

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