People hold national flags and placards as they celebrate after Indian authorities said their jets conducted airstrikes on militant camps in Pakistani territory, in New Delhi, India, February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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India said its warplanes struck a militant training camp inside Pakistan Tuesday, killing "a very large number" of fighters, raising risk of conflict between the nuclear armed neighbors although Pakistan officials denied there had been casualties.The airstrike near the town of Balakot, 50 km from the frontier, was the deepest cross-border raid launched by India since the last of its three wars with Pakistan in 1971 but there were competing claims about the damage it caused.The Indian government, facing an election in the coming months, said the airstrikes hit a training camp belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammad, the group that claimed the suicide car bomb attack that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir on Feb. 14 .A senior Indian government source said that 300 militants had been killed in the strikes and that the warplanes had ventured as far as 80 kilometers inside Pakistan.Pakistan's top civilian and military leaders rejected India's comments that it had struck a "terrorist camp" inside Pakistan, warning that they would retaliate.
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