IAF strikes down Pakistan F-16

GNS/New Delhi: Pakistan has used its Air Force to target military installations in India in response to Indian counter-terrorism operations but their attempts were foiled successfully, though one Indian pilot is “missing in action”, external affairs ministry said.

We, unfortunately, lost one MiG-21 in this engagement and an Indian pilot is missing in action. Pakistan claims the pilot is in their custody, however, we are ascertaining the facts, said an MEA official.

In the aerial engagement, a Pakistan fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG-21 Bison. The aircraft was seen by ground forces falling on the Pakistan side: MEA

Due to our high state of readiness and alertness, Pakistan’s attempts were foiled successfully, he said.

Pakistan responded to India’s counter-terrorism action this morning by using its Air Force to target military installations on the Indian side, he said.

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