Pathankot Air Force base Terror attack : 4 terrorists, 3 security personnel killed in IAF base attack

Two terrorists have been killed, reports suggest 4-5 terrorists stormed base in Indian army fatigues. Fierce gun battle underway between security forces and terrorists.

Official reports, the incident is being linked to the missing car of a Punjab SP on Friday morning.

The attack comes days after PM
Narendra Modi ’s unscheduled visit to Pakistan.

It is the second big terror attack in Punjab within less than a year as last year three militants stormed a police station in Diana Nagar before being eliminated after 12 hour gun battle.

Live Updates:

3:15 pm: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal who is rushing to Pathankot, said that the number of militants killed in the terror attack is “not known” yet.

“I don’t want to give any news that is not at all correct. I am in touch with them and I will also visit Pathankot at 4 PM today.”

“Due to the thrashing incident yesterday, there was a timely alert. Had it not been so, the damage could have been more,” Badal said.

3:00 pm: Pakistan condemns the terrorist attack in Pathankot, a statement reads. It adds that Pakistan remains committed to partner with India and other countries to eradicate the menace of terror.

2:10 pm: Strongly condemn terrorist attack in Pathankot. My deepest condolences to families of the brave soldiers martyred in attack: Congress VP
Rahul Gandhi.

1:10 pm: RJD chief Lalu Prasad says this is not the right time to question foreign policy. “I stand with our soldiers in this fight,” he added.

12:30 pm: We are now getting reports of aerial firing by Air Force choppers at the site.

Shots fired by IAF chopper at site where terrorists are believed to be holed up (visuals deferred) #Pathankot
pic.twitter.com/odDf8LWCHF
— ANI (@ANI_news) January 2, 2016

11:55 am : ANI is reporting that a Defense Service Corps jawan has succumbed to injuries, taking the death toll to 3 among the security forces.

11:45 am : The terror attack should be condemned outright, says Congress’s Ahmed Patel.

11:30 am : “Punjab shares a long border with Pakistan. Terrorism trying to enter Punjab once again but BJP will deal with it strictly,” Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma.

11:10 am: A team of NIA personnel have reached Pathankot: PTI

11:05 am : Press Trust of India says a second personnel of the IAF has been killed.

11:00 am: The terrorists are suspected to belong to Jaish-e-Mohammed, the terror outfit from Pakistan.

11:15 am : Sound of three grenade blasts heard inside airbase.

10:55 am: Sounds of firing from within the airbase again.

10:50 am : Pakistan is our neighbour and we want peace, but any attack on India will get a befitting response: Rajnath Singh tells ANI

10:40 am : Home Minister Rajnath Singh told ANI that he was happy the security forces gave a befitting response to terrorists in Punjab. “The country is proud of them,” he said.

10:25 am : We are now getting confirmation that at least one IAF personnel has been killed in the attack. Some others are injured as well.

10:15 am : Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will hold a high-level meeting with officials.

9:25 am : Local police in the area have been telling people not to come out of their homes.

9:20 am : The SUV that was snatched from the police officer on Friday was found in a Himachal village 1 km away from the perimeter of the Air Force base.

9:10 am: 80 per cent of the Air Force base has been sanitised. One shot was fired from an administrative block at 7:45 am. Security forces are now believed to be closing into this block.
There are 12 entry points into the base.

9:00 am : We are getting reports that four terrorists have been killed in the attack.

8:20 am: Former J&K CM Omar Abdullah says the attack is the first major challenge to PM Modi’s Pakistan gambit.

“From past experience I’m sure it emerge that these militants crossed over within the last few hours with the airbase as a specific target,” he wrote in a tweet.

8:00 am : Meanwhile, officials at the highest levels have convened a meeting at the Air Force headquarters in New Delhi. The situation is being monitored, ANI reports.

7:50 am : Security has been tightened in Ludhiana and surrounding areas.

7:45 am : Surinder Singh, SHO, Sarabha Nagar tells news agency ANI that the entire state of Punjab is on high alert after the attack.

7:30 am : We are getting reports that NSG and Garud Commando Force are engaged with terrorists.

7:15 am : Early in July, the Army had sounded alerts about possible attacks in border areas following the attack in Gurdaspur.

6. 44 am:
Helicopters also dispatched to the area for assistance in operation: DIG (Border) Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh to ANI on
#Pathankot attack
— ANI (@ANI_news) January 2, 2016

6.24 am:
#Pathankot attack update: 2 terrorists have been killed, 4-5 terrorists stormed base in Indian army fatigues, encounter on
— ANI (@ANI_news) January 2, 2016

5.48 am:
Pathankot Air Force base attack: 1 terrorist has been killed, fierce gunbattle underway between security forces and terrorists
— ANI (@ANI_news) January 2, 2016

5.36am:
FLASH: Terrorists open fire in Pathankot Air Force Station, gunbattle between security forces and attackers underway. More details awaited
— ANI (@ANI_news) January 2, 2016

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