A madrassah run by the militant group which claimed last month’s Kashmir bombing is still standing and unscathed days after India claimed it had hit the site with air strikes, satellite photos suggest.
Pictures of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) school appear to cast further doubt on Indian military claims that large numbers of militants died in last week’s strikes.
The buildings several hundreds yards from where four bombs fell on deserted hillside in the early hours of February 26 showed no sign of bomb damage, Reuters reported.
India’s Foreign Secretary, Vijay Gokhale, said hours after the strikes that “a very large number” of JeM terrorists had been killed when jets “ struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot”, inside Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Villagers at the scene near Jaba said they had heard loud blasts, but bombs had fallen on wooded slopes around one kilometre from a JeM madrassa. No one had been killed they said.