New Delhi: The security forces were engaged for the second consecutive day and a fierce counter strike was underway on Sunday evening to neutralize all the terrorists involved in the attack on Pathankot airbase of the Indian Air Force in Punjab.
Four terrorists were killed yesterday. Two more terrorists were holed up and the operation to neutralize them was continuing on Sunday evening.
Air Officer Commanding the Pathankot Air Force Station JS Dhamoon said this evening that the counter strike was nearing completion.
In New Delhi, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi addressing the media on the Pathankot terror attack said: ‘Due to surveillance and alert they (terrorists) were unable to move to the technical area – their target. They were contained in a non-operational area and surrounded and combing operations were started’.
12 NSGs have been injured in two days of operations and one was martyred. Air Force lost 6 personnel and 8 are injured.
Terrorists were located on the morning of January 2 by means of air surveillance and were immediately engaged: Home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said: ‘If not for intelligence reports, Pathankot attack could have been more severe’
This morning, one NSG commando was killed and three were injured in a powerful blast during search and combing operations. With this, the death toll in the attack has gone up to seven that include two commandos. Twelve security personnel have been injured.
Earlier today, the Lucknow Shatabdi Express headed for Lucknow at Ghaziabad railway station was evacuated and searched before being allowed to move foward. Many other trains were also halted due to bomb scare.