Sources said the possibility of the "balloon" traveling across the border has not been ruled out. According to sources, radars of the Indian Air Force detected the object between 10:30 and 11 am this morning; a Sukhoi-30 fighter was then sent to make an aerial intercept using its main gun. Sources say that they cannot reveal yet if the object that was brought down was a commonly used meteorological balloon, or whether it was equipped with cameras and other devices for reconnaissance.
Local police also visited the village. Nobody was reported injured.
A loud explosion was accompanied by a dust-storm caused by the planes, said villagers.
India has been on high alert for today's Republic Day celebrations with security officials assessing "a very real threat" of an ISIS attack. In a nationwide search, 14 suspected sympathizers of ISIS have been arrested from cities including Mumbai and Bengaluru.
French President Francois Hollande was the chief guest at the massive military parade in Delhi. He was invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a show of solidarity after ISIS' deadly attacks on Paris in November in which 130 people were killed.