Live: 2 terrorists still inside; efforts on to nab them

Sunday, 03 January 2016 15:31 Oriya Publisher
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A fresh grenade blast ripped through the air force base on Sunday morning claiming the life of an NSG commando, as three other security men succumbed to injuries in a hospital after Saturday's terror attack taking the toll of security personnel to seven.

Lt Col Niranjan, a member of the NSG's Bomb Disposal Squad, was killed while he was defusing the grenade at the scene of the terror attack as part of the combing operations that continued through the night. Four other security men were also injured in the blast.

Three members of the Defence Security Corps (DSC) succumbed to injuries in the hospital during the night.

Four attackers, a Garud commando and three DSC were killed yesterday when heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists had attempted to storm the base, triggering a day-long gunbattle at the airbase, barely 35 kms from the Indo-Pak border.

Here are the live updates:

14: 52 (IST): 

14:47 (IST): Centre blames Punjab Police for failing to act on advance intelligence.

14:40 (IST): Five companies comprising nearly 500 personnel have been deployed by the Army in the operation.

14:40 (IST): Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi will be doing a press conference around 5 PM 

14:11 (IST): Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Pathankot terror attack.

14.05 (IST): 

14:01 (IST): The NSG officer lost his life when he went to collect the body of a slain terrorist. There were explosives around the body. Only investigation would say if explosives have been deliberately strapped to the body or it was accidental: sources

14:00 (IST): Firing on from two sides of a particular building leading to assumption that two terrorists have survive. It seems a tactical approach by terrorists to go silent last night and start firing again in the afternoon. Mopping operations could not be completed after sundown last night but area was cordoned so no one could escape, say sources.

13:58 (IST): 

13:51 (IST): No gunshots heard from last 10 minutes.

13:49 (IST): 

13:47 (IST): In security review meeting, Joint Commissioners of Police have briefed constables about the situtation and told them about SOP to be followed. Cops have been told that NSG and SWAT commandos have been deployed, and paramilitary personnel will provide security cover to vital installations.

13:44 (IST): The police was earlier also cautioned by the intelligence agencies about LeT module strike.

13:40 (IST): Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi met senior officers to discuss the input that JeM terrorists entered the national capital. Delhi Police has also sought and got additional companies of Central Paramilitary Force to guard the vital installations. 

13:27 (IST): 

13:22 (IST): Operation is still on. It's not clear how many terrorists are still holding up. At least two terrorists still inside: DIG Border Ranger Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh

13:13 (IST): Security personnel are attempting to catch him alive, say sources.

13:11 (IST): One terrorist still holed up inside the Air Force base.

13:11 (IST): Fresh firing at Pathankot Air Force base

13:09 (IST): Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to visit Pathankot Air Force base.

13:08 (IST): Explosion heard from inside Indian Air Force base. The unexploded ammunition from Saturday's operation is being destroyed.

13:00 (IST): Two Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists entered Delhi. The security has been beefed up and all important places have been put on high alert.

13:00 (IST): The death toll of those martyred in the Pathankot attack has risen to seven.

12:59 (IST): A grenade exploded during fresh search operations on Sunday morning and resulted in the death of a NSG soldier, injuring three others.

12:59 (IST): Three Defence Security Corps jawans, who were injured in the terror attack, succumbed to his injuries. 

12:58 (IST): The attack helicopters are doing reconnaissance sorties over the Air Force station. The security has also been stepped up in other Air Force bases in Jammu, Awantipur, Srinagar and Udhampur.

12:58 (IST): The entire air base has now been sanitised and there are no more terrorist there.

12:57 (IST): The 12-member team will led by SK Singh. The NIA will take over formally only on Monday but team has already begun its work. The Directror General of NIA is likely to visit Pathankot encounter site in next two days.

12:57 (IST): The National Investigation Agency team will file case over the Pathankot attack and will include all sections -- kidnapping, Unlawful Activities Preventions Act, crossing illegally, waging war against country, murder, conspiracy.

12:56 (IST): The Pathankot IAF facility, located about 40 kms away from the border with Pakistan, is the base of MiG-21 fighter planes and Mi-25 attack helicopters of Air Force.

12:56 (IST): The terrorists could not go beyond the 'langar' (eating place) near the outer perimeter of the IAF complex as the security forces were ready to take them on, the sources said, about the operation which was supervised directly by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

12:56 (IST): Defence sources said the terrorists sneaked into the nearly 2000-acre air base through a forested area where were confronted by the Quick Reaction Team of Garud commandos. They managed to go up to 400 metres but were still 700 metres away from the area where fighters were stationed.

12:56 (IST): The terrorists were carrying Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL), 52 mm mortars, AK rifles and GPS machine. Based on intercepts, security agencies believe that one Nazeer from Bahawalpur in Pakistan was leading the group.

12:56 (IST): Four JeM terrorists were killed in the 15-hour long gun-battle. 

12:55 (IST): Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists stormed the Pathankot Air Force base on Saturday.  

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