Pathankot attack: Combing ops over but alert continues

The army is using drones to locate possible terrorists, high alert has been sounded in Pathankot and Gurdaspur

Pathankot: The massive combing operation at the sprawling Air Force station here ended yesterday, seven days after six terrorists struck, even as the districts of Pathankot and Gurdaspur remained on high alert in the wake of reported sighting of two men in army fatigues two days back.

Security personnel inside the Pathankot Air Force base after the end of the military operation against militants on Tuesday. Pic/PTI
Security personnel inside the Pathankot Air Force base after the end of the military operation against militants on Tuesday. Pic/PTI

“The combing operation at the Air Force station is over,” a senior IAF official said, adding the entire area has been sanitised. The body samples collected from the four dead terrorists have been sent for DNA testing.

The operation was carried out jointly by Army, NSG and IAF’s Garud commandos. The official said the IAF was “sharing and supporting” the NIA with the inputs. The NIA has investigated the personnel of Defence Services Corps (DSC) in connection with the terror attack.

However, Pathankot and Gurdaspur are still on high alert. Army and police, including the SWAT commandos, are carrying out search and combing operations in these two districts, particularly near the Tibri Cantonment area of Gurdaspur, where the suspected terrorists are believed to have been sighted.

Pathankot SSP R K Bakshi said, “We are not taking any chances,” he said yesterday. Army is using drones to locate possible terrorists and has pressed into service bulletproof vehicles, officials said.

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