Pathankot attack: Three airmen martyred, four terrorists neutralized

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Pathankot, Jan. 2 (ANI): Four terrorists have been killed and three defence personnel have been martyred in the attack on the Indian Air Force Base in Pathankot in Punjab where an operation by Security Forces has been underway for over seven hours.

According to sources, the terrorists had infiltrated into India three days ago from Bahawalpur in Pakistan.

The heavy gunbattle between terrorists and the security forces near the Air Base slowed down and combing operations began to smoke out the hiding terrorists.

Earlier today, around five militants in Army fatigue opened fire near the Air Force station here early in the morning today and a massive gunbattle occurred between the security forces and the attackers.

Security forces had been on high alert since yesterday following the attack on a senior police officer, due to which the attack today morning near the Air Force base was contained in the non-operational area of the base ensuring the safety of the civilians and protecting the Air Force equipments.

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Based on the developments of yesterday the Army had sounded an alert accordingly and placed 2 Army Columns, a Special Forces team in the Air Force Station prior to the attack today. A National Security Guard team has also teamed up with them to foil the terrorist plans.

Lauding the Security Forces for successfully containing the terror attack on the Air Force Base in Pathankot in Punjab, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said earlier that the nation was proud of them for the success in the ongoing operation.

However, he added that India would not show mercy to anyone who threatens the safety of the nation.

“We want peace, but if there is any terrorist attack on India we will give a befitting reply. I am happy that our security forces, our Army jawans, Para-Military forces and the Punjab police are retaliating strongly. The country is proud of them,” Rajnath said. (ANI)

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