Pathankot attack: Here is what happened in last 42 hours

Seven security personnel have so far sacrificed their lives in skirmishes with an unknown number of terrorists.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: January 3, 2016 9:52 pm
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1) Jan 1 [~ 9:00 PM] Suspected JeM terrorists got into Innova taxi at a village near Khatana T-point on Jammu-Pathankot Highway. After a 1.5 km the driver crashed into a rock and the terrorists believed to have killed the driver and took the car to the T-point.

2) After the terrorists have reportedly reached Khatana T-point in the damaged car, they intercepted a police vehicle carrying SP Salwinder Singh. Taking control of the car, the terrorists held SP Salwinder, his friend Verma and Verma’s cook hostage.

3) The terrorists rode past police checkpoints reportedly taking advantage of the SUV’s blue beacon and reached Akalgarh village, 500 metres away from the Pathankot Air Force base.

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4) Jan 2 [ ~ 12:00 to 2:00 AM]: The terrorists tied the SP and Verma’s cook, and took Verma along with them to the airbase. Learning that Salwinder Singh was a senior police officer, they were instructed by their handlers to head back to hold SP hostage again. By that time, the SP and the cook managed to escape and the terrorists decided to get rid of Verma. The terrorists also reportedly made some calls using Verma’s phone.

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5) Jan 2 [~ 3:00 AM] The terrorists then stormed into the base through a entry point that adjoins the village. That area of the housing for personnel, administrative offices, an officers’ mess and the DSC Mess. Five DSC men were shot at by the terrorists.

6) One terrorist was reportedly shot dead as he was clambering over a 10-ft wall topped by concertina wire. After the shooting spree at DSC Mess, the terrorists split into two groups. One group hid in a building next to a furniture yard, while the other hid in sarkanda, a patch of tall grass, an official said.

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7) Jan 2 [~ 9:00 AM]: NSG personnel arrive at the base. Four terrorists reportedly killed in the operation. Nearly 80% of the Air Force base sanitised.

8) Jan 2 [~ 10:00 AM]: Gunshots heard from within the airbase again. Sound of three grenade blasts heard too. NIA reaches Pathankot airbase. Aerial firing by IAF choppers at the site.

9) Jan 2 [~ 5:00 PM]: The likely plan of the terrorists to destroy valuable assets of the Air Force has been foiled. Currently the operation is going on: IAF. Fifth terrorist was reportedly neutralized as combing operations continue.

10) Jan 3 [~ 9:00 PM]: Search operations resume at Pathankot air base after Saturday’s terror attack. While there were reports of firing being heard inside the base, they were attributed to combing operations. Helicopters were also seen flying over the base, to assist ground staff.

pathankot attacks, punjab attack, punjab terror attack, pathankot airbase attack, pathankot explained, pathankot live, punjba attack live, india terror attack, india airbase attack Security forces stand guard near a road barrier outside an Indian air force base in Pathankot, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016.(AP Photo/Channi Anand)

11) Jan 3 [~ 12:30 PM]: Lt Col Niranjan of the NSG has lost his life during a combing operation at the Pathankot Air Base. Meanwhile, fresh firing has been reported from inside the Air Force Base, in what could be an indication that the operation is currently on.

12) Jan 3 [~ 1:00 PM]: At least two terrorists are still inside the Air Force Base, Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, DIG/Border range told CNN-IBN adding that it was still unclear how many terrorists are still inside.

pathankot attacks, punjab attack, punjab terror attack, pathankot airbase attack, pathankot explained, pathankot live, punjba attack live, india terror attack, india airbase attack An attack helicopter is seen flying low over Akalgarh. Express Photo

13) Jan 3 [~ 2:00 PM]: In what could spell more trouble for the defence forces engaged in eliminating the terrorists at the Pathankot Air Base, Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, DIG Border Range Punjab Police has now said that there could be more terrorists holed up inside.

14) Jan 3 [~ 4:00 PM]: Building inside air base facing Akalgarh village destroyed by security forces. One terrorist was believed hiding there. Total Indian forces injured in the operation till now: IAF personnel: 6 dead, 8 injured and NSG: Lt Col Niranjan dead, 12 injured.

15) Jan 3 [~ 5:00 PM]: Second line of defence to be setup. SWAT and BSF troops to be deployed for completely securing the airbase: Punjab Dy CM Sukhbir Badal. Operation underway.

(All time stamps are approximate values)

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First Published on: January 3, 2016 9:28 pm
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    Indika
    Jan 5, 2016 at 4:12 am
    To get rid of wars, ger rid of Muslims. Wherever the muslims there will be a clash.They infiltrated to peaceful lands and spread terrisum taught by their so called- leader". Thoughts from Sri Lanka.
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      Vuukle
      Jan 4, 2016 at 1:17 am
      What happened to the SP and Varma's cook. They should know how many terrorists were there
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        abu rafey
        Jan 4, 2016 at 6:55 am
        No dear Help not given by Muslims they are SP Salwinder Singh and his cook Madan Gopal and his friend Rajesh, Would u like to ask what they were doing at 3 am friday morning and how they have escape alive. So Just i need to clear they are not MUslims they are Hindu Deshdrohis.
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          abu rafey
          Jan 4, 2016 at 6:57 am
          No dear Help not given by Muslims they are SP Salwinder Singh and his cook Madan Gopal and his friend Rajesh, Would u like to ask what they were doing at 3 am friday morning and how they have escape alive. So Just i need to clear they are not MUslims they are Hindu Deshdrohis.
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            abu rafey
            Jan 4, 2016 at 6:56 am
            No dear Help not given by Muslims they are SP Salwinder Singh and his cook Madan Gopal and his friend Rajesh, Would u like to ask what they were doing at 3 am friday morning and how they have escape alive. So Just i need to clear they are not MUslims they are Hindu Deshdrohis.
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              sorry
              Jan 4, 2016 at 1:24 am
              When India can learn from their past experience? Don't be a sleeping elephant. Where is Santa Singh and Banta Singh? In drugs!
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                Bala
                Jan 3, 2016 at 4:46 pm
                Leave the elimination of terrorists to the specialists- The Indian Army!!
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                  Om Gupta
                  Jan 3, 2016 at 6:59 pm
                  Trash and Thrash the people who are speaking against India and it's government and armed forces while they are busy handling the terrorists. Internal and External both threats to be dealt with sternly and no scapegoat due to political party or else. Jai Hind. Down with Islamic Terrorism.
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                    himanshu
                    Jan 3, 2016 at 10:59 pm
                    Welcome to western border and I am sure that you will shut your mouth.And IB is guarded by BSF.Regarding Army they almost daily do such jobs.And yep, terrorists and soldiers both are trained combtant not a arm chair activist like you.
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                      jai
                      Jan 3, 2016 at 7:12 pm
                      you cannot generalise that all muslims provide paks terrorists with support. you are a terrorist to you fellow indians! maybe you need to eat beef to understand how your statement hurts others.
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                        JH
                        Jan 4, 2016 at 12:55 am
                        These Wahabi terrorists from across the border are funded by Saudi petro dollars. Unless India acts against Saudi Arabia, this problem will keep growing. 99.99% of Indian Muslims are patriots.
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                          Baba
                          Jan 3, 2016 at 8:31 pm
                          Kudos to PUNJAB POLICE, full of s@ntas and b@nt@s....
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                            Manu George
                            Jan 4, 2016 at 4:18 pm
                            Please don't do dirty politics here. At least learn from stan. During war they are one.
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                              Manu George
                              Jan 4, 2016 at 4:21 pm
                              your dady must be a chimpanzee.
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                                NewYorkerfrank
                                Jan 3, 2016 at 11:00 pm
                                maybe they were looking for a toilet or a 711 store. I can't help it, I read the w article with a thick indian accent, so funny
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                                  gopannair
                                  Feb 4, 2016 at 6:17 am
                                  Indian govt can't do anything becaz ministers want to travel other countries for enjoy not to proove the technology of the country
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                                    pkpk
                                    Jan 4, 2016 at 1:23 am
                                    USA, China and India are projected to maintain biggest standing armed forces in next 20 years. It is high time, Indian political leaders start a serious discussion on re-organization of military in contemporary WORLD. Here is one of the option USA is successfully maintaining over a century: RE-ORGANIZATION OF MILITARY/CIVILIAN COMMAND STRUCTURE: There should be only 5 commands (NOT as Army, Navy or Air force but all three integrated) - Northern Command, Western Command, Eastern Command, Central Command and Maritime Command (including Strategic Command). Eastern Command will include areas right up to South East Asia. Western Command will include areas up to Russia. Maritime Command will include areas up to West Asia including Arabian Sea, India Ocean, right up to Australia. Northern Command’s area will be limited but Kashmir itself is very important and areas in China (Tibet) and Mona can be included. Central Command will contain all strike formations of Army/AF and all erstwhile area/sub area headquarters. All 5 commands should be commanded by a 4 star general from army, air force or navy, who will report to Joint Chiefs of Staff (4 star general but a higher appointment) deputed by another 4 star general. Both Joint Chiefs of Staff and his deputy will report to the defense minister and their offices will be in Defense Ministry and PMO. Prime Minister will be connected to all 4 star commanders in field by a hotline. There should be a situation room in PMO where regular meeting of top br of security apparatus can take place. Current service chiefs of army, air force and navy will remain in service headquarters to maintain and inter command transfers of the forces, however the military commanders in field will exercise the command and control over the forces under their command. Instead of one defense secretary, there will be secretaries each for army, air force and navy to exercise civilian control.The above model will ensure complete civilian control over military, yet the highest level defense decision maker (PM) in touch with matters military and national defense. Imagine our PM calling the field military commander directly on hotline, eliminating all red tape. There will be no more inter-service acrimony and all forces will jointly responsible for national security! If you ask for the opinion of service headquarters, that may be biased.
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                                      VaRem
                                      Jan 5, 2016 at 1:15 am
                                      Security of an Air Base is so pathetic, that 7 precious lives and a building is lost !!! Who is to pay and return all that was lost! When are we going to learn?
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                                        Raju
                                        Jan 3, 2016 at 7:40 pm
                                        Blatant Red Taping and Carelessness of Indian Police "The terrorists rode past police checkpoints reportedly taking advantage of the SUV’s blue beacon" This is where it was supposed to have ended
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                                          clash of
                                          Jan 15, 2016 at 3:15 pm
                                          Lol -_- :/
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                                            clash of
                                            Jan 15, 2016 at 3:15 pm
                                            You r right even I was thinking the same how he and his cook got escape from terrorist....!!!
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