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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                    Harsh
                    Jan 2, 2016 at 6:34 am
                    "Four terrorists, 2 IAF personnel killed in Pathankot gun battle " Have some respect for IAF martyrs. Cheap editors.
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                      hitendrajamwal@gmail.com
                      Jan 3, 2016 at 1:19 pm
                      Another donkey
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                        Lovely
                        Jan 2, 2016 at 9:31 am
                        Loss of security men is unbearable .
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                          Lovely
                          Jan 2, 2016 at 9:32 am
                          Where are our award wapsi brigade ? Enjoying in closed a/c rooms
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                            K-Dawg
                            Jan 3, 2016 at 7:16 pm
                            Highly embarring for Indian NSG that they took that many casualties....we need immediate and complete revamping of our NSG...it is unacceptable to take that many losses (7 soldiers already and we're not even sure if the last 2 terrorists have been killed). How did we lose that many soldiers when we had the intelligence and we caught them in act of climbing the wall? This is ridiculouis...Wake up people!! Our guys are not as well trained as many Indians believe! We need to wake up and create extremely well trained, well equipped, modernized spec ops and covert ops units....deploy covert ops into Kashmir and border regions to take out these terrorists as soon as they cross border....deploy snipers everywhere!! Even the army seems to be doing a better job than India! Disgraceful!!
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                              K-Dawg
                              Jan 3, 2016 at 7:23 pm
                              We absolutely need covert ops and sniper units deplo all along the border. And we need to be proactive, not reactive...hunt terrorists before they attack us...if they crossed border and attacked a senior cop, stole a car, and then walked to the base...it took them w 24 hours to do this...how did we not catch and eliminate them all this time?? This is a major failure of intelligence and communication. We are always stuck in reactive mode, and that's India's biggest problem. We lose way too many people due to such carelessness and lack of strong will!
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                                KHALID
                                Jan 6, 2016 at 5:12 am
                                SIX ATTACKERS ! coming in a vehicle ! vehicle is full pack leaving no space for huge volume of weapons, grenades, bullets to last 4 days of battle. then they ENTER the base, apparently, running with what they can carry on their backs, i mean how they were able to unloading all of their stuff without being spotted. they WERE immediately spotted, one of them killed while climbing the wall. means they could only climb the wall with light weapons, not with heavy load, other wise they could have been killed right on the spot. then FIVE attackers were ABLE to keep the w Indian army for four days. they MUST need HUGE amount of firepower to be able to do this. IF THIS STORY IS TRUE THEN THE ENTIRE INDIAN ARMY IS A BUNCH OF S!!!! AND IF THIS STORY IS FALSE !!! THEN STILL, THE INDIAN ARMY IS FULL OF VERY VERY BAD PLANNERS.
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                                  Kooler Sun
                                  Jan 3, 2016 at 4:55 pm
                                  This is projecting a bad image of our armed forces. Truckloads of armymen have taken almost two days to neutralize 6 guys. And 7 our of our own lost.
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                                    kiranur
                                    Jan 2, 2016 at 5:48 am
                                    military persons are not paid their dues properly and on time. this may have led to this situation. one recent case of renjith caught for espionage activity also to be seen in this context.the veterans are protesting in delhi for last 6 months. the govt has not done anything regarding OROP, except mere announcements of two dates, one in sep and another in nov 2015.
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                                      manu
                                      Jan 2, 2016 at 6:12 am
                                      problem is that we have political leaders who cry when terorist are gunned down.some even make them beti beta...problem is taht fake ngo make enquirty on death of terorist and protest for theri right to show relegius right ....our sueprstars start to cry minority are not safe in india when terorists are killed ..s
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                                        Mayur Panghaal
                                        Jan 2, 2016 at 10:46 am
                                        Ajit Doval is busy targeting Modi's rivals. He is totaly inept for his post. Buffoon par excellence.
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                                          Me Marathi
                                          Jan 2, 2016 at 6:59 am
                                          No mercy for islamic jihadis. Just shoot at the sight of bearded mullahs in their half d!!ck and hang their corpse as symbolic gesture. Just like US blasted farook and tashfeen.
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                                            Me Marathi
                                            Jan 2, 2016 at 11:40 am
                                            That islamic jihadi b@stard should have been shot from bottom exactly in his ar$$e , so he would have attained his jannat.That 's exactly what is ar$$e effing of islamic rabid jihadi terrorist.
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