On Saturday 2 January 2015, four to five militants in army uniform launched the full blown terror attack on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot , Punjab in which seven security personnel were reportedly killed in the encounter.
Four terrorists were shot dead by the security forces in a counter attack resisting militants to enter the Air base.
“group of militants attacked Air Force base at 3:30am this morning”….”combat operation was carried out by the army in the area between Air base installation and Chakki river”
“attackers were met with strong resistance from the security personnel“….“four suspected militants were killed in the battle”“terrorists are suspected to belong to JeM outfit “….”terrorists with huge quantity of RDX in their possession, made their way to the base from the back side of a jungle” Defense Spokesman
The Army and National Security Guard team have been summoned to the scene.
Reportedly, The army has expanded the search area in Pathankot under the assumption that the surviving militants had escaped.
The attack began on 3.30 am after gunshots were heard. Heavy firing and grenades noise could be heard from the IAF station area till 7.45 am.
Two IAF helicopters were seen assisting the security forces in the combing operation.
According to sources, security forces were already on the alert over an recent incident of late Thursday which took place at nearby area, in which a senior police officer was abducted from his car and was thrashed by the attackers before being dumped from vehicle.
Security forces conducted combat operations near the border areas of Pathankot and Gurdaspur. The Pathankot-Jammu highway has also been put on high alert.
Authorities told sources that the helicopters and other equipment at the Air base are safe.
“technical area of the air force station is safe“….” entire area had been cordoned off”
Reportedly, on the second day of security operation 3 January, one surviving terrorist was hunted down by the forces inside Pathankot airbase.
Source: The Economic Times