INDIA: Terror Attack At Air Force Base in Punjab’s Pathankot, 2 Terrorists Killed
UPDATE: It is unclear whether there were only four terrorists or more. 4 have been killed, but the battle is still on.
UPDATE: Terrorists have been killed, unspecified amount of others have been wounded.
UPDATE: Security deployed outside Pathankot Air Force Station.
UPDATE: According to incoming reports, one security personnel has been killed in the battle.
UPDATE: Top officials convene emergency meet at Air Force HQ in Delhi, situation moniotored at the highest level
UPDATE: Reports have emerged that Jaish-e-Mohammad may have carried out the attack.
Developing – PATHANKOT: At least four terrorists launched an attack on the Indian Air Force base in Punjab’s Pathankot on Saturday morning, authorities said. Two of the terrorists have been killed.
The gunfire started at around 3:30 am, authorities said, adding that an official car was used to launch the attack. The incident is being seen as connected to the hijacking of a police car a day ago.
Gunfire is being heard from inside the air base and reports suggest the terrorists have been contained in a non-operational area of the facility.
The technical area where MiG 29 fighter aircraft and helicopters are kept is safe, officials said.
The National Security Guard has been called in, authorities said. Helicopters have also dispatched to the area for assistance in operation.
The attack comes within six months of the Gurdaspur terrorist strike where three terrorists equipped with grenades and AK-47s, opened fire in Dinanagar killing three civilians.
The terrorists were shot dead after a 12-hour long gun battle with the security forces in which four policemen were also killed.
As of now, fierce battle still rages inside the base, though the remaining terrorists have been contained in a non-operational area of the facility.
The National Security Guard (NSG) has been called in to conduct the operations.
The attack might be linked to the abduction of a Superintendent of Police (SP) in Pathankot on Friday night, say reports.
High alert was sounded in Punjab on Friday after 4-5 suspected Pakistani terrorists in army uniform abducted and thrashed a Superintendent of Police and his two associates before dumping them some distance away and speeding away in his vehicle last night.
After a while, the SP Salwinder Singh was pushed out of the vehicle and his two companions were driven away by the men.
Later, the men pushed one person out of the vehicle near Pathankot and slit the throat of the third man, who has been identified as Rajesh Kumar. He was dropped near Damtal hills on the Punjab-Himachal border after he pretended to be dead.
The place of the incident was just about 15 kms from the border with Pakistan.