On 26th February, our Indian Air Force carried out aerial strikes on the terrorists groups of Pakistan and bombing three major terror camps to avenge the Pulwama attacks, that took the lives of our 40 CRPF soldiers in a cowardly attack done by the Pakistani backed terrorists group, Jaish-e-Mohammed.
The attack was targeted at Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and Hizbul Mujahideen terror training camps and was carried out by 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets.The attack was done at 3:30 in the night and at three places and dropped 1200 kgs in these camps. It was being said that more than 300 terrorists were killed in these attacks.
A lot of questions have been going around in everyone’s mind. Media is busy in speculating and digging out information but not much information has came out about the strikes as Pakistan has refused and said no lives were lost during the attack.
Now The Print have shared the first exclusive satellite images of the Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot where our Indian Air Force dropped bombs on the enemies. The pictures show four black spots on the CGI or corrugated galvanised iron sheet roofs of Jaish camps’ facilities.
The pictures indicates the possibility that IAF smart munitions may have pierced the roofs but the damage to buildings and walls from the air strikes may not have been as extensive as it was being said.
In the pictures, the black spot are the carters formed after bombing. There are four dark spots visible on the main building, which possibly indicates touching up of paint over a newly placed CGI sheet.
It was reported that Indian Air Force used 1,000 kg Israeli Spice-2000 precision-guided bombs to hit the targets. This bomb is capable of blowing such a tin-roofed building to smithereens.
But as per pictures it seems like, the IAF may have used the smaller Spice-250 bombs, which may have entered the structure through the four spots and caused damage after exploding inside. However, no such damage was seen on other buildings of the regime.
The images also indicates that India may have used ‘fuel air explosive’ warheads which can be fitted with the kits of the Spice bombs. Also there are many burnt marks on the Jabba top hillside and many of them look more like man-made craters. The large burnt marks could have been created by fuel explosive warheads dropped on escaping terrorists.
Talking about the air strikes, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had said “India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being trained for fidayeen action were eliminated. This facility at Balakot was headed by Maulana Yousuf Azhar (alias Ustad Ghouri), the brother-in-law of Masood Azhar, chief of JeM.”
He also said that the facility was located in a “thick forest on a hilltop far away from any civilian presence”. The area was a home to 200-300 terrorists at the time of the strike.
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