Pakistani Drone Shot Down Near Gujarat Border: Police

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A Pakistani unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was on Tuesday, 26 February, shot down near the International Border in Kutch district of Gujarat, police sources said.

Debris of the UAV was seen near Nanghatad village in Abdasa taluka of Kutch, they said. On hearing a loud sound around 6 am, villagers went to the spot and found the debris of the UAV, the sources said.

VR Ulwa, Kothra Police Station PSI”Incident occurred at 6:30 am. Air Force Personnel from Mothala Air Force Station are at the spot. Even we don’t have additional information about the matter as Air Force has taken over the location and kept the whole matter confidential. At this point we can’t comment about the origins of the drone.”

Asked if a Pakistani UAV had been shot down by the Indian armed forces, a police official, on condition of anonymity, said, “Such an incident has happened, we are investigating the matter.” The official, however, refused to elaborate further.

In a pre-dawn strike, combat jets of Indian Air Force bombed terror camps on Tuesday at multiple locations across the Line of Control in the Pakistani side, 12 days after Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group carried out the dastardly Pulwama attack in Kashmir, government sources said.

They added that the IAF’s Mirage 2000 fighter jets pounded the terror camps in Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakoti in the well-planned strike destroying Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camps.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the operation.

Hours later, Prime Minister Modi chaired a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Security, which was attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Sitharaman.

The sources said significant damage has been inflicted ground on the Pakistani side.

(With inputs from Agecncies)

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