Fresh gunshots were heard at the air force base in Punjab’s Pathankot district on Saturday after security forces gunned down four terrorists in a four-hour siege that set alarm bells ringing in the country on the second day of a new year.
Three securitymen including one Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel were martyred in the gunfight.
Gunshots rang out of the facility around 3.30 am as a group of four-five men in army-style clothing - believed to be operatives of the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist group - launched the daring operation less than 24 hours after an alarm was sounded in the state over the assault of a top police officer by suspected Pakistani terrorists.
Meanwhile, a protest broke out in Pathankot town with the locals burning an effigy of Pakistan following the terror attack on Air Force base.
Hundreds of local residents carrying the effigy of Pakistan raised anti-Pakistan slogans close to the airport station where the attack took place. The locals set the effigy on fire and held Pakistan responsible for continued terror attacks in Punjab even as they demanded that stern action be taken against it.
Here are the latest developments in the story:
1:24: Elements who can’t stand peace carry out such attacks from time to time: Union minister Jitendra Singh to ANI
1:20: Damage could have been bigger but just because of timely alert we were able to contain them: Parkash Singh Badal,
1:10: There was no prior information; Do not have the exact information on the number of terrorists killed: Prakash Singh Badal
1:07: Not right to question foreign policy right now, stand with our soldiers in this fight: Lalu Prasad Yadav tells ANI
1:04: ANI says Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal will visit the site of terror attack
12:53: Union minister Prakash Javadekar tells IBN that Pakistan needs to come clean and they should show sincerity. He says Pakistan needs to ensure that they don’t allow their land to be used by terrorist and that talks must go on. “We’re trying for a good relationship with Pakistan.”
12:31: Aerial firing at Pathankot air force base by IAF chopper, says ANI
12:13: IBN news channel reports that body of one terrorist along with arms and ammunitions recovered from the site
11:54: Pathankot attack should be condemned outright, but that’s not enough: Ahmed Patel tells ANI
11:54: This happening after a week of PM meeting Nawaz Sharif raises serious questions: Ahmed Patel to ANI
11:45: SWAT team at Pathankot attack site, combing operations are underway
11:45: ANI says a Defence Service Corps jawan has succumbed to his injuries
11:42: Two loud explosions heard inside the IAF base where search for a fifth terrorist is underway