Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Tensions between Pakistan and India escalated Wednesday when the Pakistani air force shot down two Indian fighter jets after they entered national airspace, authorities said.
Pakistan Armed Forces spokesman Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor said the two jets were downed after they had crossed the military line of control between the two nations -- one crashing into Pakistan's territory of Kashmir and the other into India's.
"One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground," Ghafoor said in a tweet. Ghafoor later said two pilots were in custody.
In response to PAF strikes this morning as released by MoFA, IAF crossed LOC. PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K while other fell inside IOK. One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area.— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) February 27, 2019
India's foreign ministry said it was missing a MiG21 fighter and its pilot. Pakistan's information ministry tweeted a video of a blindfolded man, purported to be one of the pilots. He identified himself as Wing-Commander Abhinandan. The video was later deleted.
India said it's still "ascertaining the facts" of what happened to the second jet.
The Pakistani government said it "undertook strikes across the line of control within Pakistani airspace" on "non-military targets, avoiding human loss and collateral damage."
The purpose of the attack was to demonstrate its right to self-defense, it said.
"We have no intention of escalation, but are fully prepared to do so if forced into that paradigm. That is why we undertook the action with clear warning and in broad daylight," Pakistan's foreign affairs ministry said in a statement.
A Pakistani F-16 fighter has also been shot down after entering Indian airspace, Times of India reported.
Both countries lay claim to Kashmir, a Muslim-majority area in the northern region of the Indian continent, but control only segments of it. India's Jammu and Kashmir was the site of a deadly suicide bomb attack this month that escalated tensions.
On Feb. 14, a vehicle loaded with explosives was rammed into an Indian Central Reserve Police Force convoy, killing dozens. Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility.
India swiftly blamed Pakistan for the attack as it allowed the U.N.-declared terrorist group safe harbor.
On Tuesday, 12 Indian fighter jets dropped 1,000-kilogram bombs on to an alleged Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp in Pakistan, killing an unknown number of people. After the attack, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he'd spoken with Indian officials to re-emphasize the nations' security partnership.