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Pakistan says it downed 2 Indian warplanes and captured pilot


The dramatic escalation came hours after Pakistan said mortar shells fired by Indian troops from across the frontier dividing the two sectors of Kashmir killed six civilians and wounded several others.


It wasn't immediately clear if that crash was related to Pakistan's claim of shooting down a second Indian aircraft.


The Indian air force shut Kashmir's main airport in Srinagar along with at least three others in neighboring states because of the incidents, an official said.


The Foreign Ministry added that the strikes were aimed at "avoiding human loss and collateral damage."


In New Delhi, India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Wednesday her country does not wish to see further escalation of the situation with Pakistan and that it will continue to act with restraint.


A man holds an Indian flag during celebrations in New Delhi on Tuesday after officials announced the country's air force had conducted airstrikes on militant camps in Pakistani territory.ADNAN ABIDI / ReutersPakistan has said it was not involved in the attack and was ready to help New Delhi in the investigations.






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