The Indian Army has finally come out with an official statement on the number of militants killed in post-Pulwama anti-terror operations. News agency ANI quoted Lt Gen K.J.S Dhillon, General Commanding Officer of 15 Corps who claimed that 41 terrorists were killed after the deadly Pulwama strike in Jammu and Kashmir. "69 terrorists have been killed and 12 were apprehended this year. 41 were killed after the Pulwama strikes. Out of 41, 25 were from Jaish-e-Mohammed. Out of the 25, 13 were Pakistanis and 13 were A+ class militants," ANI quoted Dhillon.
Tensions between India and Pakistan had escalated after the suicide bomber of JeM killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14.
India launched a counter-terror operation against a JeM training camp in Balakot. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured its pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1.