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170 Jaish cadres killed in IAF’s Balakot strike, claims Italian journalist

New Delhi, May 8

The airstrike by the Indian Air Force at the terror training camp at Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26 killed between 130 to 170 JeM terrorists, according to an Italian freelance journalist.

Quoting local sources, Francesca Marino wrote on Stringerasia that after the IAF strike at around 3.30 am, a Pakistan Army unit arrived at their location from a camp in Shinkiari at around 6 am, two-and-a-half hours later.

“Immediately after the Army unit’s arrival, the injured were taken to a Harkat-ul-Mujahideen camp, located in Shinkiari and treated by Pakistan Army doctors.
“The numbers estimated (to be killed) have ranged from 130-170, including those who have died during treatment,” she said, adding that around 45 were still undergoing treatment in this camp, while around 20 have died during treatment.

Those who have recovered were still in custody of the Army and have not been discharged, she wrote on the site, which identified her as a freelance journalist, specialising in South Asian affairs.