Pathankot base attacked, Air Force retaliates with Mi-25 helicopters

The fresh firing indicated that some more terrorists could still be present in the area but Defence sources said there was no confirmation about their exact number.

Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Pathankot | Updated: January 2, 2016 10:05 pm
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Attack helicopters hovered over the Air Force station and fired inside the base on Saturday as the stand off continued late into the afternoon between security forces and terrorists who have infiltrated the military installation.

Intermittent gunshots were heard from inside the base. The path leading to the airbase was sealed by the police with heavy barricades.

‘Four of the infiltrators have been killed. We have been engaging one or two more infiltrators. There may be more who are dormant but we don’t know for sure that is why we have to go house to house and comb the entire place,” said a senior military official.

LIVE COVERAGE: Four terrorists, three security personnel killed

NSG commandos, Air Force and army personnel were involved in the operations. One Air Force personnel was killed in the operation, and several others are seriously injured, the official said.

The terrorists, suspected to be the same men who killed a taxi driver and hijacked a private car belonging to a police official, were armed with automatic weapons.

“We have succeeded in preventing them from entering the inner perimeter,” the official, who cannot be identified, told The Indian Express.

He said at the moment ‘the focus is on clearing the base’ and investigations into how they had entered would follow later.

One of the four infiltrators killed in the operation was shot dead as he was climbing over the 10 ft high concrete wall of the air base. The wall is topped by concertina wire.

In Dhaki Chowk adjoining the air base, a youth sustained a minor injury on his arm a few hours back after he was hit by a pellet from a blast inside. Villagers speculated it could have been a grenade. The youth was rushed to the civil hospital.

A group of youths shouted anti-Pakistan slogans.

The security arrangements at roads and flyovers leading to the airbase were tight. Dhaki chowk residents say security in the area was tightened more than they had ever seen from yesterday evening.

Helicopters were carrying out surveillance since yesterday itself. The villagers said they woke up to firing at about 3 am.

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First Published on: January 2, 2016 12:57 pm
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    Satendra Kumar
    Jan 2, 2016 at 7:36 pm
    Airforce bases should take more precautions for unworthy behaviour of terrorism organisation and an act of evil to Indian society.
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      Laxi Babu
      Jan 2, 2016 at 3:34 pm
      ok very nice information .....so next time the s will send an RPG team also...
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        Deepak sharma
        Jan 2, 2016 at 1:52 pm
        Airforce should be fully used against terrorist as they are enemy of this country and should be treated like one.
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          bangu
          Jan 2, 2016 at 8:56 am
          Sir ajit doval , hats off to you! Proud to have you as our NSA! Had this been under ups,there's wud hv been loss of 10 bombers,10 officers, then Anthony wud hv said they were freak gunmen not known to oak pm, pappu wud hv visited the terrorists homes!
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            jbhan
            Jan 2, 2016 at 4:29 pm
            We should adopt a policy of cremating the bodies of terrorists, as the presence of a physical dead body is essential for their entry into Janna and to get their 72 hourees...
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              Manu USA
              Jan 2, 2016 at 5:37 pm
              Why they were able to enter n kill 3 people at all. We had knowledge n still get killed.
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                majit
                Jan 2, 2016 at 1:53 pm
                scamgress must stop using language of porki chachas and also prevent their beloved alves of looterri queen sonniya like sibbu,doggy etc. from visiting ,azamgad which is encouraging these simmi and isi bilwas to conspire against our country.
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                  majit
                  Jan 2, 2016 at 1:48 pm
                  scamgress must stop using language of porki chachas and also prevent their beloved alves of looterri queen sonniya like sibbu,doggy etc. from visiting, azamgad which is encouraging these simmi and isi bilwas to conspire against our ,country.
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                    Parth Garg
                    Jan 2, 2016 at 7:55 am
                    Always on the receiving end, we the Indians.
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                      Rajeev Parihar
                      Jan 2, 2016 at 8:41 am
                      Good decision by security forces to use the helicopter to counter the terrorist ,the security forces should go to every step to kill the terrorist
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                        ramdas
                        Jan 2, 2016 at 1:30 pm
                        To swat a fly you don't need hammer.? Not acting on intelligence is an ominous signal that Akali state machinery is sleeping. Punjab is getting sc re wed.
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                          ramu (USA)
                          Jan 2, 2016 at 6:29 pm
                          This is pathetic. Air Force base could not be secured despite a policeman being attacked earlier. First it was two terrorists, then three, then five. I say, Indian security establishment has serious issues.
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