Pakistan’s army has announced that its Air Force had downed two Indian warplanes in the Pakistani airspace, adding that one Indian pilot had been captured.
An army spokesman said one plane had fallen inside Pakistani territory and a pilot had been arrested. There is no confirmation from India, which claimed to have shot down a Pakistani aircraft.
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- UPDATE Due to Pakistan Airspace closed, Singapore Airlines #SQ308 to Heathrow has stopped in Dubai for refueling. KLM and Air France flights from Asia will stop in Bucharest as well.
- UPDATE Captured pilot of the fighter jet is 1st Wing Commander, Abhi Nandan from Srinagar AFS. He had been scrambled to intercept two JF-17A fighters of Pakistan Air Force.
- UPDATE Pakistan Army Army has released pictures of the downed Indian Air Force MiG-21Bison of 51st Squadron.
- UPDATE Following military incident, Pakistan shuts down its airspace.
- UPDATE Amritsar, Srinagar, Jammu, Pathankot and Leh airports are closed.
Indian officials said three Pakistani jets had also entered Indian airspace, before being intercepted and forced turned back.
Tensions have been elevated since a suicide car bombing by Pakistan-based militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police on Feb. 14, but the risk of conflict rose dramatically on Tuesday when India launched an air strike on what it said was a militant training base.