At least six terrorists are believed to have attacked an air force base in Punjab’s Pathankot district on Saturday morning.
There are reports of four terrorists and two security personnel being killed in the ensuing gun battle. Attackers reportedly entered the base wearing military uniform and used an official vehicle.
This air force base is just 50 kilometers from the border with Pakistan and 200 kilometers from the state capital Chandigarh.
The attacks takes place just days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unprecedented gesture by making an ‘unannounced’ visit to Lahore to hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that India was ‘proud of its soldiers and security agencies.’
He told ANI, “I am happy that our forces gave a befitting response in Punjab, I am proud of them. Aaj subah 3 baje hamla hua, NSC, sena aur Punjab police ney iska muh tod jawab dia hai. Pakistan is our neighbor and we want peace, but any terrorist attack on India will get a befitting response.”
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, said he was sad to hear about the attack in Pathankot.
V sad to hear about terror attack in Pathankot.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 2, 2016
Defence expert Ajay Sahni said that ‘this is part of a continuing movement by Pakistan to use terrorism against India.’
The Congress party described it a ‘matter of serious concern’ and urged Modi to take up the matter with Pakistan.
The car used by the terrorists was of the Superintendent of Police of Gurdaspur. It was ‘hijacked’ in Pathankot on Friday by men in army fatigues.
Another defence expert, Uday Bhaskar, said that state police needed to investigate the case of SP’s car being hijacked and its linked with Pathankot attack.
He said, ” Larger political challenge is that we have to see how Pathankot attack will impact diplomatic relationship btwn Pak-India.”
This comes six months after terrorists attack in Punjab’s Gurdaspur. Three terrorists equipped with grenades and AK-47s had opened fire in Dinanagar killing three civilians.
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