After 2-day gun battle, Pathankot rid of terror
Pathankot: Smoke could be seen coming out of the Indian Air Force (IAF) air base near here yesterday evening as the gunfight between security forces and terrorists moved to an end.
Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi (right) and Air Marshal Anil Khosla, (left) Director General Air Operations during
a press conference in New Delhi yesterday. Pics/PTI
Police sources said two more terrorists holed up inside one portion of the frontline air base had been killed after a prolonged gun battle. With this, the security forces have eliminated six terrorists, the sources said. "The smoke can be seen coming from a building which was blown up by security forces to eliminate the last terrorist," a police officer said.
In New Delhi, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said that the terrorists failed to destroy the IAF assets due to timely action by security forces. He said, "Because of early action, the terrorists were unable to move to their likely intended aim but were contained in an area of heavy growth of trees and shrubs."
On guard: All vital installations and government offices were informed about a likely terror attack and efforts were mounted to track down the terrorists who had earlier killed a taxi driver, the Home Secretary said.
He also said that the security forces had sounded an alert in the area, including the Indian Air Force base near Pathankot, ahead of the pre-dawn attack on Saturday. All vital installations and government offices were informed about a likely terror attack and efforts were mounted to track down the terrorists who had earlier killed a taxi driver, he said.
He said four terrorists were neutralized on Saturday after hours of fighting. According to him, the terrorists killed six IAF personnel and injured eight others. An NSG officer was killed yesterday morning and five of his colleagues were injured. "Due to active intelligence inputs and quick action taken by security forces, especially the IAF, we were able to ensure there was no damage to the assets of the air force."
"Therefore, the main apparent aim of the terrorists stands defeated."