New Delhi: Terrorists equipped with sophisticated fire arms and bombs on Saturday stormed a heavily fortified Indian Air Force base in Pathankot in Punjab after they reportedly infiltrated from neighbouring Pakistan. The attack triggered a day-long gunbattle in which four attackers were killed.
Here are the 10 developments on Day 2 of the Pathankot siege:
1/ The toll in the Pathankot terror attack on Sunday rose to 7 after three more jawans have succumbed to their injuries at a hospital and a Lt Colonel-rank officer was killed in a grenade blast during a combing operation.
2/ At least five explosions were heard on the second day of the siege. The bombs, including a grenade, went off as security personnel were destroying the live explosives left behind by the terrorists during search operations.
3/ One of four injured in a grenade blast, Lt Colonel Niranjan of NSG's bomb disposal squad succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.
4/ So far, four terrorists who attacked the Air force base were killed by Indian security forces.
5/ The combing operation is still on as the security agencies believe there is at least one more terrorist still holed up inside the facility.
6/ A team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has reached the IAF base on Sunday morning to review the situation. The Agency will take over the probe on Monday. The 12-member NIA team is led by IG K Singh.
7/ Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who has cut short his visit to Goa on Saturday, has briefed PM Modi on the latest developments. Parrikar had held a high level meeting in Delhi on Sunday that was attended by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and three Services chiefs.
8/ Security has been beefed across major cities, including Delhi and Mumbai, as well as Punjab and the adjoining regions of Jammu, Awantipur, Srinagar and Udhampur.
9/ GPS devices recovered from the terrorists will be scrutinized to decipher the route the terrorists took to enter India and the IAF base.
10/ The attackers, believed to be from the Jaish-e-Mohammad goup (JeM), said to have infiltrated from Pakistan. Speculation was rife that the terror strike was jointly planned by (JeM) and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence.