The IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, received the aircraft in Bengaluru.
At least 50 terrorists including suicide bombers are getting trained at the recently reactivated Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist facility in Pakistan’s Balakot, according to reports.
“45-50 terrorists including suicide bombers training at Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist facility in Balakot,” an ANI alert said quoting Government sources.
The reports come days after Army Chief General Bipin Rawat in September said that the JeM camp in Balakot, that was bombed by the Indian Air Force in February, has been reactivated and about 500 infiltrators were waiting to infiltrate into India.
“Balakot has been reactivated by Pakistan very recently. That shows that Balakot has been affected. It had been damaged and destroyed. And that is why people have got away from there and now it has been reactivated,” he told reporters at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai.
In the wee hours of February 26, the Indian Air Force had bombed terror group Jaish-e Mohammed’s biggest training camp near Balakot, deep inside Pakistan, in retaliation to the deadly terror attacks on CRPF personnel in Pulwama on February 14 this year.
Reports stated that the JeM camp was destroyed in the “pre-emptive airstrikes” killing a large number of terrorists.
Earlier, Indian Army and intelligence sources, quoting the confessions of two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists captured recently in Jammu and Kashmir, had said that around 300 trained militants are prepared to enter Indian territory from Pakistan.
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval had also stated that more than 200 terrorists were trying to cross into India from Pakistan and Islamabad was trying to stoke violence in the region.