India shot down Pakistani fighter jet after it violated airspace: Govt
jkupdate.com | 27-Feb-2019 06:28 PM
  • MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar addressing media in Delhi on Wednesday.

NEW DELHI: India shot down a fighter aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force after they targeted military installations on the Indian side early Wednesday morning.

"Pakistan Air Force was detected and the Indian Air Force responded instantly. In that aerial engagement, one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force," said MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Wednesday.

The MEA spokesperson added that the Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side.

Raveesh Kumar, however, added that in the engagement, India lost one MiG 21. "The pilot is missing in action. Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts," the MEA spokesperson said.

Pakistan had earlier claimed that it had shot down two aircraft of the Indian Air Force and captured two pilots. Pakistan also released a video claiming that it is of an Indian pilot.

In the video shared by Pakistan, a person wearing a flight suit is heard saying that he is Wing Commander Abhinandan. He is blindfolded and gives out his service number. He then asks if he is in the custody of the Pakistan military, saying he has the right to know this. Later, he refuses to answer further questions.

The video was released after a press conference held by spokesperson of the Pakistan armed forces Major General Asif Ghafoor.

Initial reports had suggested that the Pakistani fighter jets were F-16s. There were reports of at least three fighter jets entering Nowshera.

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