Pathankot attack: First terrorist was killed while he was climbing 10 ft high wall

Some Air Force personnel have been injured in the gun fight with the heavily armed intruders at the Pathankot base in Punjab

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: January 2, 2016 10:07 pm
Pathankot attack: An armored vehicle moves near the air force base in Pathankot in Punjab (AP Photo/Channi Anand) Pathankot attack: An armored vehicle moves near the air force base in Pathankot in Punjab (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

In a pre-dawn attack, a group of heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists, suspected to belong to Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit, struck at an Air Force base in Pathankot in Punjab, leading to a fierce gunbattle in which three security personnel were killed along with four attackers.

The intrusion by a yet undetermined number of terrorists into the Air Force base at Pathankot began around 3 am on Saturday, a senior military official said.

The base is now being combed for any remaining intruders. ‘We are in the process of searching and sanitising the base by identifying all our personnel present at the base,’ the official said.

The intrusion was detected almost as it happened, the official said, and the first terrorist was killed as he was climbing over the 10 meter high wall that also has razor wire on it.

“But we don’t know if they all entered over the wall or through the gate. They could have had multiple entry points. We are in the process of investigating that,” the official said.

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The intruders who managed to enter were engaged by security forces in the area between the main gate and the entrance to the technical area at the border air base.

This portion of the air base comprises some administrative office buildings, canteens, housing, the officers’ mess, airmen’s mess.

‘We have bits and pieces of how they gained entry, we are putting it together and we will have a clearer picture soon,’ the official said.

(With PTI inputs)

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    Jonathan
    Jan 6, 2016 at 2:00 am
    I'm Indian and ashamed that few terrorists came into our country and caused such a mayhem. Namo show us now what you meant, when you said that they understand your language. This is war, improve intelligence and its blood for blood now.
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    1. मनीष
      Jan 3, 2016 at 5:30 am
      Every time when India is terrorized by stanis, Indian Muslims have provided support to those stani terrorists. Enough is enough. Excluding the SICKulars, any Indian who wants to contribute to the war against terrorism in India, should stop buying things made in an Islamic country and stop doing business with a Muzzie owned store/business. You have to act!
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        angel
        Jan 2, 2016 at 10:28 am
        This attack only shows that the visit by PM Modi was premature, and lack of understanding of the Diplomacy, he took to show kitchen diplomacy to show progress in the dismal governance in India , visiting 25 countries in a record jet setting spree only showed the juvenile mind set of the BJP dispensation, Hope the PM will focus on the pressing problem in the country and work democraticaly taking the nation along rather than putting down opposition parties , remove the corrupt ministers, and use the same yard stick for governance when they were in opposition
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          Avinash
          Jan 2, 2016 at 2:18 pm
          Actually he is adopting tone of Bhakts...whose neta was in stan - and not for any meeting...but to share greetings on b'day. It was Modi who had said stan ko usi ki bhasha me jawab dena chahiye - Ab kya hua? Kya isake liye bhi dusari country ghum ke aana hoga?
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            S.Gonesh
            Jan 2, 2016 at 2:40 pm
            The Allah-gang must be eliminated completely. They are more animals than humans. Hindus soil must be freed from them.
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              Alibhai
              Jan 3, 2016 at 4:36 am
              Very simplistic view of history when Mahatma hi was dead against parion. There were many forces at play and 79 year old was very much sidelined by intense animosity between Jinnah and Nehru.
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                Brajesh Singh
                Jan 2, 2016 at 6:11 am
                Attack on air force base station pathankot is the new year tremendous challenge for prime minister modi, the accord par with the stan is full of contradictory.
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                  Gopal
                  Jan 2, 2016 at 9:15 am
                  Time to shut the dialog down. Until Nawaz Sharif has control of his army or the jehadi establishment peace will remain a chimera.
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