Pathankot Operation Continues: Government denies security lapse

Pathankot Operation Continues - ANI Image
Pathankot Operation Continues - ANI Image

NEW DELHI — A shootout between Indian security forces and armed gunmen stretched into its second day on Sunday, January 3, at the Pathankot air force base in Punjab, near India’s border with Pakistan. At least seven Indian personnel and at least four terrorists have been killed in the fighting so far, as per statements released by officials in media.

Operations to clear the Pathankot air base continue as at least two gunmen were still holding out against the security forces on Sunday, Jan 3, said Rajiv Mehrishi, home secretary, in a televised news conference in New Delhi, while admitting that they came to know about the two more terrorist only on Sunday morning when the duo started firing during the cleaning exercise.

“We are sure that still there are at least two more terrorists as firing has come from two different places,” Mr. Mehrishi said.

The gunmen have also wounded eight air force personnel and 12 members of the National Security Guard, he said.

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