Pathankot terror attack: Updates on Day 3

The NSG said on Monday that five terrorists had been killed in Pathankot air base operations so far.

Pathankot terror attack: Updates on Day 3

Pathankot: The NSG said on Monday that five terrorists had been killed in Pathankot air base operations so far. It was also reported that the Indian government may put on hold the Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan in Islamabad due on January 15.

 

Here are the latest developments:

-In touch with Indian government and working on leads provided by it, says Pakistan Foreign Ministry.

-India will decide on going ahead with the foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan scheduled later this month only after operations to flush out terrorists
from the IAF base at Pathankot is over, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today.

-20 member team of NIA led by an IG ranking officer has been camping at Pathankot since Jan 2, 2016 to supervise the on-going investigations.

-Intermittent firing heard at Air Force base.

-Air Force base attack case transferred to NIA.

-As per NSG, five terrorists have been killed so far and combing operations are still underway.

-Reports suggest there were two groups of terrorists, which entered the air force base. First group entered base before Gurdaspur SP was abducted.

-Centre "mulling options" regarding holding of Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan in Islamabad on January 15, reports PTI.

-Massive combing operation is still on for the sixth and the last terrorist hiding in the area, reports ANI.

-Out of the two terrorists holed up inside the Pathankot Air Force base has been neutralised, says ANI.

-Mohali Police have arrested three men and seized a huge cache of arms manufactured in Pakistan and China. Their identity is being ascertained.

-While the counter-terror operation to eliminate two remaining terrorists is in its final stage, it has been reported that NSA Ajit Doval has called off his China visit.

-PM Modi meets NSA Ajit Doval, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Senior MEA officials over the Pathankot attack.

 

-All installations inside the air base are safe, says reports.

-Major explosion reported in the holed up area of militants at the Pathankot air base, reports PTI.

-Currently operations are in progress to clear the building where the terrorists are holed up: Army spokesperson.

-These terrorists came prepared to sabotage airbase assets. But I assure you that the assets are now secure: Army spokesperson.

-Want to compliment agencies participating in this operation, salute personnel who lost their lives or are wounded: Army spokesperson.

-Families live here, schools are here too. It is like a mini city here, their safety has been ensured: NSG DG.

-I would like to assure that all personnel and strategic assets are safe: Major General Dushyant Singh, NSG.

-Operations for this airbase are going on smoothly. Given the magnitude, joint ops have been launched: NSG spokesperson.

-Ops to continue till all terrorists are eliminated, says top NSG official.

-Two JeM terrorists are still believed to be holed up in the area.

-More reinforcements have been sent to the area and the entire airbase has been cordoned off.

-Heavy security has been deployed outside Indian Air Force Base in Pathankot.

-Operations at the air base, where terrorists had launched a pre-dawn attack on Saturday, continued for the third day.

-Intermittent gunfire, which carried on through yesterday, had stopped late in the evening.

-The Air Force said two terrorists had been holed up at the Pathankot base - from where Russian-made fleet of MiG-21 fighter jets and Mi-35 attack helicopters fly - since Sunday morning.

-Lieutenant Colonel Niranjan Kumar of the National Security Guard, who died during combing operations on Sunday, will be cremated today in his home town in Kerala's Palakkad.

-Funerals of Champion shooter Subedar Fateh Singh and the others will also be held.

-On Sunday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting with the National Security Adviser, foreign secretary and other officials to discuss the situation in Pathankot.

-Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj met a group of diplomats to chalk out a strategy on Pakistan. Coming a week after PM Modi's "spontaneous" visit to Pakistan, the attack has triggered a debate over ties with the neighbouring country.

 

-Opposition Congress has said India should reassess its position on Pakistan. Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah called the attack "the first major challenge to PM Modi's bold Pakistan gambit."

-The gun-battle started at 3.30 am on Saturday. The armed forces - which had secured the compound following intelligence warning - had detected the advent of terrorists with the help of aircraft using thermal imaging capability.

 

-The army wrested control of the base with the help of attack helicopters, mine-proof and bullet-proof personnel carriers. Four terrorists were killed on Saturday after the day-long gun-battle.

 

-Vital air force assets -- MiG-21 Bison fighters and Mi-35 attack helicopters - were safe following advance intelligence about the attack.

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