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Fire breaks out in New Delhi’s Indian Air Force office

A fire erupted in a building in New Delhi, housing an office of Indian Air Force and several other government offices, on Wednesday.

The fire started at the fifth floor of the building and has now been brought under control. The fire started at 8am and was doused with the help of 24 fire tenders.

Many government offices, including a branch of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Indian water and sanitation and forest ministries and its national disaster response force are housed in the building.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

According to Indian Express, the fire killed one person and several files and documents have been destroyed.

IAF is already under criticism after it intruded into Pakistan’s airspace and claimed to have killed “300 militants”. The claim that has been denied by Pakistan and India is yet to provide any evidence of it.

Tensions between both countries reached all time high following the Pulwama attack, which claimed lives of more than 40 Indian paramilitary troops.

India is holding a general election by May, and experts say Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party stand to benefit from his aggressive response to the Pulwama attack.

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