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Operation to fully sanitise Pathankot airbase in last leg

The operation to fully sanitise the Pathankot airbase, which was attacked by six terrorists last Saturday, is close to completion, announced Air Officer Commanding, Pathankot Air Force Station JS Dhamoon on Thursday.

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“The timely and precise intelligence inputs and positioning of NSG troops in real quick time in domestic area, where our families reside, ensured that the station was able to organise its defence before the terrorists could strike,” Dhamoon said.
“The timely and precise intelligence inputs and positioning of NSG troops in real quick time in domestic area, where our families reside, ensured that the station was able to organise its defence before the terrorists could strike,” Dhamoon said.(Kamaljit Singh/HT Photo)

The operation to fully sanitise the Pathankot airbase, which was attacked by six terrorists last Saturday, is close to completion, announced Air Officer Commanding, Pathankot Air Force Station JS Dhamoon on Thursday.

“For the last two days, the army, NSG and Garud commandos have been sanitising the whole station and the process is close to completion,” Dhamoon told mediapersons here.

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“As the area of the base is very large, it takes time to sanitise every suspected part. The combing operation is aimed at ensuring that no terrorists are still hiding and there are no booby traps, he added.

Dhamoon said there was synergy between air force, army, NSG, Punjab police and intelligence agencies.

“The timely and precise intelligence inputs and positioning of NSG troops in real quick time in domestic area, where our families reside, ensured that the station was able to organise its defence before the terrorists could strike,” he said.

Army takes guard after on Thursday evening.The operation to fully sanitise the Pathankot airbase, which was attacked by six terrorists last Saturday, is close to completion. (Kamaljit Singh/HT Photo)

Also, the effective use of air assets was made possible by the deployment of 800 army troops in technical area. “These air assets were used to keep the area under surveillance to ensure early detection isolation and subsequent engagement of our own troops,” Dhamoon said.

He said the quick response ensured that the terrorists were confined to an area where they could successfully be eliminated without causing further loss to troops. “All this ensured that our vital assets and families were never threatened.

Dhamoon, however, refuse to reply to a query on breaches in the airbase and how militants gained access to the highly secured area.

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