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Pakistan shoots down 2 Indian jets, pilot captured

 International Desk

 Published: 01:10 PM, 27 February 2019   Updated: 02:17 PM, 27 February 2019



Pakistan claimed that it had carried out airstrikes in Indian-administered Kashmir and shot down two Indian jets in its own airspace, capturing one of the pilots as tensions escalate a day after India bombed targets in Pakistan.

"Today, Pakistan Air Force undertook strikes across Line of Control from within Pakistani airspace," the foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

Earlier, Major General Asif Ghafoor, spokesperson of the Pakistani army, said Indian jets had entered Pakistan in response and two had been shot down, with one pilot captured.

The development comes as Indian officials said at least three Pakistani combat jets entered the airspace over Indian-administered Kashmir on Wednesday but returned after being intercepted by Indian planes.

At least four airports in the northern part of the country, including main airport in Indian-administered Kashmir, was shut down indefinitely on Wednesday amid warnings of a retaliatory attack by Pakistan.

Also on Wednesday, an Indian Air Force plane crashed in Kashmir, killing two pilots and a civilian, a police official said. Further details about the incident were not immediately available.

India on Tuesday said it had launched an air attack inside Pakistan and that its warplanes killed "a very large number" of fighters at a rebel training camp, raising the risk of conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbours. 

Pakistan denied there had been casualties, but has warned that it will respond to Indian aggression.

Tensions have risen since a suicide car bombing by Pakistan-based armed group in Indian-administered Kashmir killed at least 42 Indian paramilitary police on February 14. - Al Jazeera