Six including two security personnel killed in militant attack in Punjab (update)

Pathankot, Jan.2 (ANI): Six people including two security personnel were killed in a militant attack at Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Pathankot District of Punjab on Saturday.

While four militants were shot down by security forces, six others suffered injuries in the attack.

At least four militants barged into the air base at around 03:00 am and started indiscriminate firing. Though no militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far but local media reports said that the militants are operatives of Pakistan- based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

Gun shots could be heard at around 11:00 am after a brief lull as security personnel conducted combing operation in the premises.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, said India wanted peaceful relations with Pakistan but would give befitting reply to attacks on the country.

“Pakistan is our neighbour and we want peaceful relations with not just with Pakistan but with all our neighbouring nations. We also want peace but any militant attack on India will get a befitting response from India,” said Singh.

The attack comes a day after a senior police official was abducted with his team by five militants in army fatigues on Friday.

The security and paramilitary forces contained the militants in a non-operational area of the base. Technical area of the base, where MiG 29 and helicopters are housed, is safe.

The air base was cordoned off and heavy security was deployed in the area.

A civilian, who suffered bullet injuries in the firing, was rushed to Civil Hospital in Pathankot.

“One injured person has been brought to our hospital with gunshot injuries on his thigh and foot. All X-rays have been conducted and his chest and abdomen are absolutely clear,” said Senior Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, Dr. Bhupinder.

The attack comes a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an impromptu visit to Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, in a bid to revive bilateral talks that had previously been derailed by militant attacks.

The raid resembled an assault last July by gunmen on a police post in Gurdaspur that killed nine people. However, Saturday’s pre-dawn attack appeared to have been much more audacious by targeting a large military facility.(ANI)

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