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India & Pakistan Ratchet Up Attacks as Fear of Nuclear Showdown Grows

HeadlineFeb 27, 2019

Tension is continuing to escalate between the nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan, after India carried out airstrikes inside Pakistan Tuesday for the first time since 1971. India said it was targeting a camp of the militant separatist group Jaish-e-Mohammed, which claimed responsibility for a recent attack in the Indian-administered region of Kashmir that killed more than 40 Indian soldiers—although Pakistan has denied the claim. India said Tuesday’s air raid killed “a very large number” of militants, but Pakistan has said there were no casualties from the attack. Pakistan is now claiming it has shot down two Indian military jets and captured a pair of Indian jet pilots. Meanwhile, India claims it has foiled an attempt by Pakistan to bomb military installations inside India.

The United States, Russia, China and European Union have urged both of the nuclear rivals to show restraint. Indian and Pakistan are believed to have around 100 nuclear warheads, and have fought three wars since 1947. We’ll have more on this story after headlines.

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