World Bulletin / News Desk
Indian commandos carried out a series of lightning strikes Thursday along the de facto border with Pakistan in Kashmir, provoking furious charges of "naked aggression" from its nuclear-armed neighbour.
Amid anger in India over a recent deadly assault on one of its army bases in Kashmir, officials said troops had conducted "surgical strikes" several kilometres inside the Pakistan-controlled side of the disputed territory to prevent attacks being planned on major Indian cities.
Pakistan said two of its soldiers had been killed and nine more wounded in what it described as small arms fire but dismissed the claims of surgical strikes as an "illusion" designed to whip up "media hype".
Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, the director-general of military operations, announced news of the strikes in New Delhi -- which sent shares on the Indian stock market sliding nearly two percent.
"Some extremist teams had positioned themselves at launchpads along the Line of Control," Singh told reporters, describing the intelligence information as "very specific and credible".
"The Indian army conducted surgical strikes last night at these launchpads. Significant casualties have been caused to these extremists and those who are trying to support them.
"The operations aimed at neutralising the extremists have since ceased."
Singh said the decision to launch the strikes had been taken after the military determined the launchpads had been set up with "an aim to carry out infiltration and extremist strikes in Jammu and Kashmir and various other metros in our country."
A senior government source said commandos flown in by helicopter carried out the strikes some way across the unofficial border known as the Line of Control (LoC).
"The ops started sometime after midnight and ended early morning. They were conducted two-three kilometres across the LoC," the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
"Seven launchpads were targeted. The defence minister himself monitored the ops and the Indian side did not suffer any casualties."Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Eylül 2016, 15:00