Pakistan shot down two Indian Air Force planes in its airspace in Kashmir on Wednesday, a military spokesman said, adding that one Indian pilot had been captured.

Iran Press/Asia: Pakistan Air Force (PAF) shot down two Indian air crafts inside Pakistani airspace, tweeted military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor, adding that one aircraft had fallen in Pakistani-held Kashmir, while the other crashed on the Indian side.

One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area, he said without elaborating, AFP reported.

His statement came as Indian sources said that Pakistani fighter jets had violated airspace over Indian Kashmir, but were forced back over the de facto border of the disputed territory.

A top government official in Indian-administered Kashmir told AFP the Pakistani jets briefly crossed the frontier but were pushed back by the Indian Air Force.

The Press Trust of India reported that Pakistani fighter planes crossed at Poonch and Nowshera, two locations on the Indian side of the de facto border, but were repelled.

PTI said the Pakistani jets dropped bombs while returning but that there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The Pakistani foreign office also released a statement saying that the air force 'undertook strikes' across the border, known as the Line of Control, Wednesday -- however it did not elaborate on what it meant by "strikes" and did not mention shooting down planes.

It said the strikes were aimed at a nonmilitary target, adding: "We have no intention of escalation."

Indian Air Force's helicopter after it crashed in in Kashmir February 27, 2019. REUTERS

The incursion over the heavily militarized Line of Control comes a day after Indian warplanes carried out an air strike in Pakistan on what New Delhi said was a militant training camp, in retaliation for a suicide bombing in Kashmir that killed 40 Indian troops on February 14. 

Tensions have been running high between India and Pakistan since the February 14 bomb attack. New Delhi accuses Islamabad of being behind the assault, an allegation the Pakistani government denies.

Islamabad has rejected India's suggestion it was linked to the attack, which it called a matter of "grave concern".101/202


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