On February 26, the Indian Air Force had struck the Jaish-e-Mohammed's Balakot training camp, using Mirage 2000 fighters armed with SPICE 2000 satellite-guided bombs.

NDTV has learnt that the IAF used the "penetrator" variant of the weapon, which is designed to pierce buildings and structures but not necessarily bring them down.

According to the military aviation specialist Angad Singh, "big penetrators [like the SPICE 2000] spend most of their mass on the casing". "There is no hard and fast rule that a 2000-lb class bomb will wipe out half a hillside," he said.

A closer look at the images show a number of points where the bombs may have penetrated

Earlier on Wednesday, news agency Reuters, quoting satellite imagery experts, had disputed the claim of the Indian Air Force and the Government of India that they had successfully struck the Jaish-e-Mohammed's Balakot camp.

According to Jeffrey Lewis, Director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Project at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, "The high-resolution images don't show any evidence of bomb damage."

However, a closer analysis of pre-blast and post-blast images indicate four likely bomb entry points on the roof of the largest structure at the camp.

It also shows significant changes on the ground and possibly structures a short distance from the building mentioned above.