Terrors Strikes Back at Pathankot

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  • Fresh firing in Pathankot not by terrorists, security forces firing to check if there’s any return.
  • Two more terrorists spotted, gunbattle starts.
  • United Jihad Council claims responsibility for attack.
  • 5th terrorist has been killed, combing operation still on for 6th terrorist.
  • Punjab police arrests three men, seizes Pakistan sim card and Brazilian & Chinese made weapons with Pakistan markings.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and NSA Ajit Doval are currently meeting at 7 Race Course Road, the Prime Minister’s official residence, to review the ongoing operation.
  • Pathankot terrorists better trained than 26/11 attackers: Home Ministry Sources.

NSG Official addressing media-

  • Terrorists are holed up in building which was living quarters of Air Force personnel.
  • Currently operations are in progress to clear the building where the terrorists are holed up.
  • Terrorists came prepared to sabotage airbase assets. But I assure you that the assets are now secure.
  • Area of airbase being very large, combing operations is going on simultaneously.
  • Eliminated four terrorists, operation to eliminate two more possible terrorists are in the final stages.
  • Operations for this airbase are going on smoothly. Given the magnitude, joint operations have been launched.

The security forces have already killed five terrorists and few more are believed to be still holed up inside the base. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday night held a meeting with top officials to discuss the Pathankot terror attack. Soon after returning from his two-day visit to Karnataka, Modi chaired a meeting of top officials including National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) mandated to probe terror cases, will register a case on Monday to probe the conspiracy of a Pakistan-based terrorist group, believed to be Jaish-e-Mohammed, behind the strike at the IAF base in Pathankot in Punjab.

The Pathankot IAF facility, located near the border with Pakistan, is the base of MiG-21 fighter planes and MI-25 attack helicopters of Air Force. India recently gifted four such choppers to Afghanistan last month.

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