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Pakistan closes airspace after claim to shoot down two Indian jets

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Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority said on Wednesday that it had shut its entire airspace to all commercial flights after it claimed to shoot down two Indian jets amid mounting tensions between the two nuclear rivals.

Pakistan’s military claimed earlier on Wednesday that it had shot down two Indian aircraft because they crossed onto Pakistan’s side of the disputed Kashmir region, The Associated Press (AP) and Reuters reported.

Pakistan added that it has two Indian pilots in custody.

India has not yet issued a response, though it said on Tuesday that it had launched an airstrike on what it said was a militant training base in Pakistan, Reuters reported.

Pakistan’s air force launched airstrikes into Indian-controlled part of Kashmir earlier on Wednesday, though no civilian casualities were reported, according to the AP.

Pakistan International Airlines warned passengers in a Wednesday tweet that Pakistan’s air space closure might affect its flights.

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