India says it shot down Pakistani warplane, lost MiG-21 fighter

India shot down a Pakistani war plane and lost its own MiG-21 fighter, New Delhi said. Pakistan earlier claimed it had successfully taken out two Indian aircraft amid a spiraling border crisis.

In an “aerial engagement a Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force” and fell on the Pakistani territory, the spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, Raveesh Kumar, told reporters on Wednesday.

India took a beating too, he announced, having lost “one MiG 21” in the encounter. I

Kumar stated that Islamabad used its jets to “target military installations on the Indian side” but “due to our high state of readiness and alertness Pakistan’s attempts were foiled successfully.”

The Pakistani military claimed to have shot down two Indian aircraft over its airspace. The government said that a pilot was captured after landing on the ground, and posted a photo of him in custody.

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