Monday, April 12, 2010

'IAF use to fight Naxals must avoid collateral damage'

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Allahabad, April 12 (PTI) Asserting that it was always ready to face any challenge to the country's internal security, the Air Force today said any decision on use of air power to tackle the Naxals must follow a clear strategy to minimise collateral damage.

At the same time, he said his personal view was that the armed forces were not required to fight the Maoists.

"We have the capability to conduct strikes with utmost precision. However, it must be understood that if a 250 kg bomb is dropped at a spot, its impact will be in a radius of at least 800 metres and that may affect many people who may not themselves be insurgents", Air Chief Marshal P V Naik told reporters here.

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