Pathankot Air Force base terror attack latest update: 4 terrorists killed, 3 IAF men martyred
NEW DELHI: Pathankot Air Force base in Punjab saw pitched battle between terrorists and security forces. After hours of the fight four terrorists were killed, while three Air Force personnels lost their lives. It is one of the worst terror attacks in India in the last several months.
Reports suggest that elite National Security Guard commandos were deployed to fight the terrorists. This may be the reason that terrorists failed to inflict any damage to the heavily guarded Air Force base.
Government had also deployed a couple of attack helicopters to hunt down the terrorists that some news reports suggest to have sneaked into India from Pakistan. News reports suggest that these terrorists belonged to Pakistan based terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed.
In the meantime there are reports that security forces were put on high alert on Friday after Gurdaspur superintendent of police (headquarters) Salwinder Singh said he and his associates were kidnapped by five armed men in army fatigues. The terrorists, who struck just a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modiâ€™s unscheduled visit to Lahore, could not penetrate the defence cordon at the air base as they met with effective response from the security forces.
Government sources suggest that as many as 50 commandos of the National Security Guard (NSG) led the fight against the militants. The NSG commandos were flown to Pathankot on Friday night in view of a security threat after the abduction and thrashing of Singh by terrorists, who dodged security forces and escaped. The NSG commandos were rushed to the air force base and the army cantonment at Mamoon after they arrived in Punjab, and a major search operation was launched. They were battle-ready when terrorists attacked the air force base.