One Indian MiG-21 pilot killed, Another captured by Pak, IEM confirms

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One Indian pilot of MiG-21 was killed and another captured by the Pakistani military after it claimed to have shot down 2 MiG-21 bombers in its jurisdiction.

Tweeting to this effect this morning, Pak military chief said one pilot (reportedly identified as Nitin) was killed on the spot while another was captured with injuries and is undergoing treatment in hospital. The captured MiG-21 fighter pilot was identified as Abhinandan with his service No 2791. A video tweet was also posted in which the suspected Indian pilot himself claimed that he was in the Pak custody. He also revealed his service number as 2791 of IAF. However, the video post was deleted within no time giving scope for rumours about the genuineness of the video.

Meanwhile, the Indian Foreign Ministry refused to accept the claim of Pakistan that it had shot down 2 MiG-21 fighter jets. An official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar confirmed a few minutes ago in New Delhi that India had successfully thwarted Pakistan’s attempt to cross LoC into India. The IAF has shot down the F-16 but its pilot escaped by ejecting his seat with the help of a parachute. 

“Unfortunately we lost a MiG 21 and a pilot is missing in this action”, said the spokesperson. However, he claimed that the IAF is ascertaining Pakistani claim to have an Indian pilot in their custody, said Raveesh Kumar.