Pakistani Military Says It Shot Down 2 Indian Warplanes, Capturing Pilots – The New York Times

Residents and officials of Budgam district, in Indian-controlled Kashmir, said one Indian plane crashed in an open field there at about 10:15 a.m. local time.

“It was an Indian Air Force jet. The jet is completely charred and we have recovered the dead body of the pilot,” said Syed Sehrish Asgar, the deputy commissioner of Budgam district.

Rashid Ahmad Mir, a resident of Budgam, said he heard a loud crash and looked out his window to find smoke billowing out from a nearby field. He rushed to the scene of the flames and found a charred body.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, India’s Air Force entered Pakistan to strike what the government claimed was a training camp belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammed militant group in Balakot, Khyber-Pakhtunkwha Province, resulting in “heavy casualties.” But the Pakistani government and residents of the area reached by telephone said the strikes instead struck an open ravine, resulting in minimal damage.


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