Friday, January 2, 2015
- Five Pakistan-based terrorists, 2 IAF personnel and 1 commando died in a 16-hour long gun battle after a terror attack on an Air Force base in Pathankot district of Punjab early Saturday.
- In an heavy exchange of fire, all five attackers were killed. Two IAF personnel and a commando died while six securitymen were also injured.
- The attack was struck just a week after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unscheduled visit to Pakistan. The attack may cast a shadow on the Indo-Pak talks in the future.
- Pakistan swiftly condemned the attack and said that it remains committed to partnering with India to eradicate the menance of terrorism.
- The terrorists were suspected to belong to the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror outfit of Pakistan.
- The attack started at 3:30 am at the Air Force base in Punjab, 50 km from the international border with Pakistan.
- The terrorists could not enter the technical area of the IAF station, which is the base for MiG-21 fighter planes. They were heavily-armed with huge quantity of RDX.
- The terrorists abducted Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh and his two associates, thrashed them, and later dumped them. They sped away in his vehicle.
- Pathankot airbase is a large military facility, from which India's Russian-made fleet of MiG-21 fighter jets and Mi-35 attack helicopters fly.
- The terrorists were in regular touch with their handlers in Pakistan, who even arranged a taxi for them by calling from a mobile number of that country. The terrorists first used a Toyota Innova vehicle on Friday.
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