Fresh firing in Pathankot; IAF using attack helicopters

Pathankot: Fresh firing was reported here after a lull of few hours when security forces were conducting combing operation after killing four terrorists who attacked the Air Force Base.

The fresh firing indicated that some more terrorists could still be present in the area but Defence sources said there was no confirmation about their exact number.

Pathankot terror attack
Security personnel stand alert on a road leading to an airforce base in Pathankot. AFP PHOTO

There was fresh firing during combing operation, the sources said.

IAF has pressed into service two attack helicopters which are targeting the areas from where the firing is believed to be coming from, the sources said.

The security forces have deployed drones to get the exact location of the terrorists.

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.

The attack at Pathankot Indian Air Force base is the second terror strike in Punjab within a span of six months. Following are some of the terror-related incidents that have taken place in Punjab between 2001 and 2016 (these do not include seizure of arms and ammunition during the period).

March 1, 2001: A 135-yard underground tunnel detected across India-Pakistan border in Punjab's Gurdaspur district.

January 1, 2002: Three Army personnel killed and five others injured when a group of unidentified terrorists attacks them at a firing range in Damtal, close to Punjab's border with Himachal Pradesh.

January 31, 2002: Two persons killed and 12 others injured in explosion in a Punjab Roadways bus at Patrana in Hoshiarpur district.

March 31, 2002: Two people are killed and 28 others injured in a bomb blast on Ferozepur-Dhanbad express train at Daroha, about 20km from Ludhiana.

April 28, 2006: At least eight persons are wounded in a bomb blast on a bus carrying 45 passengers at Jalandhar bus terminus.

October 14, 2007: Seven persons, including a 10-year old child, are killed and 40 others injured in a bomb blast in a cinema hall in Ludhiana.

July 27, 2015: Seven people, including a Punjab Police Superintendent, killed when three terrorists carry out a strike on a police station in Gurdaspur district. All three militants also killed.

January 2, 2016: Four terrorists and three security personnel killed when militants storm IAF base in Pathankot.

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