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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 10:07:16 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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