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Brothers Of Masood Azhar Among Key JeM Terrorists Targeted In India's Strike On Pakistan

Written By Narayan R | Mumbai | Published:

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  • A number of key terrorists were targeted through this attack, which included Maulana Talha and Ibrahim Azhar - brothers of terror outfit's chief Masood Azhar
  • The Indian forces conducted this operation using the Mirage 2000 jets

Less than two weeks after the Pulwama terror attack, in which 40 CRPF jawans lost their lives, the Indian armed forces took their revenge as they bombed three hubs of the terror outfit in Pakistan early in the morning on Tuesday.

The armed forces had been planning the move ever since the terror attack in Pulwama, and the pre-dawn on Tuesday proved to be the perfect time to avenge the CRPF martyrs, given JeM operators had flocked up in the three posts.

A number of key terrorists were targeted through this attack, which included Maulana Talha and Ibrahim Azhar - brothers of terror outfit's chief Masood Azhar - as well as JeM chief's brother in law, Yusuf Azhar - mastermind of 1999 IC-814 plane hijacking.

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The Indian forces conducted this operation using the Mirage 2000 jets. A dozen fighter jets used laser-guided bombs to attack the three hubs of JeM - Balakot, Chakhoti, Muzaffarabad. Sources have said that 245 terrorists were neutralized from this operation.

The strike by 12 Mirage 2000 fighters of the Indian Air Force was conducted shortly after 3:30 am on February 26, i.e. pre-dawn on Tuesday, lasting 21 minutes in all, with all the IAF's assets returning safely. 

  • The first strike was conducted at Balakot, 24 KM North West of Muzafarrabad. Top sources say that Strike one was carried out between 3:45 am and 3:53 am on Tuesday morning.
  • The second strike, as per top sources, was at Muzafarrabad between 3:48 am and 3:55 am.
  • India's third blow was at Chakoti.
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