New Delhi, Feb 14: Around 40 CRPF personnel were killed on this day in 2019 when their convey was targeted by the suicide bomber of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), a Pakistan backed terrorist outfit, in Pulwama district on Srinagr-Jammu national highway.
Around 12 days after the terror attack, Indian Air Force (IAF) jets bombed the JeM camp in Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the wee hours of February 26.
The IAF foiled an attempt by Pakistani Air Force to strike at military installations in Jammu and Kashmir and shot down a much advanced F-16 of aircraft of Pakistan.
However, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman piloting a MiG-21 Bison aircraft lost control after hitting the enemy aircraft and his parachute landed in PoK, where he was taken captive by Pakistani Army.
Pakistan released Abhinandan Varthaman two days later following international pressure.