India is ecstatic after Indian Air Force destroyed bases of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, which had attacked a CRPF convoy on February 14, which led to 40 jawans being martyred. While many of them expressed their delight on social media, some took to the streets for celebrations. From free sweets, fireworks to slogans, visuals from Vadodara, Rajkot, and Surat see citizens celebrating in their own style.
The employees of a store took to the streets to distribute free sweets to the motorists and the others. Students of a college celebrated the moment by bursting firecrackers and shouting slogans like ‘Hindustan Zindabad’, ‘Pakistan Murdabad’, ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘Jai Hind.’
How can the most popular war cry in recent times, ‘How’s the Josh?’ be unused on such a day and the dialogue from ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike', incidentally based on a similar attack against terrorists in retaliation to their attacks, was also proudly used.
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As per sources, the strike, carried out by 12 of the IAF's Mirage 2000 fighters, lasted up to 21 minutes, and was carried out at three locations:
1. The strike at Balakot, which is 24 kilometres northwest of Muzaffarabad, took place between 3:45 am and 3:53 am.
The locations hit in this strike were joint training camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.
2. The strike at Muzaffarabad took place between 3:48 am and 3:55 am
3. The strike at Chakoti took place between 3:58 am and 4:04 am
As per sources, the blueprint for the operation was discussed with Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman during her recent meeting with the three service chiefs in New Delhi. Risk assessment was done.
Here's what else is known: