Pathankot: 2 Terrorists Killed After Atta:cking Indian Air Force Base in Punjab, Officials Say:
Two terrorists are killed, reports indicate that 4-5 terrorists stormed base in Indian military fatigues. Ferocious gun battle between terrorists and security forces.
A group of terrorists, considered to be 4-5 in number, assaulted the Pathankot Air Force base in Punjab this morning. Authorities confirmed that the armed forces have killed two terrorists.
Based on first reports, the event is being linked to the lost car of a Punjab SP on Friday.
The whole place was cordoned off, authorities said.
The strike comes after the unscheduled trip to Pakistan of PM Narendra Modi.
It’s the second large terror strike in Punjab within significantly less than a year before being removed after 12 hour gun battle as three militants stormed a police station in Diana Nagar.
Time to time updates
8:20 am: 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.