Fresh firing at Pathankot Air Base

Sunday, Jan 3, 2016,12:38 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Fresh gushots were heard .Three NSG security personnel injured during combing operations at Pathankot Air Force Station, said Defence sources. Lt Col Niranjan of NSG killed in the IED blast during combing operations at Pathankot Air Base.

The official said the operation will end only after a thorough search, going on inside the IAF base and nearby areas, was completed. Various security agencies,including the Army, Indian Air Force, Central forces and Punjab Police were involved in the joint operation.

A large cache of arms and ammunition have already been recovered during the sanitisation and search operations. IAF helicopters were also seen flying over the base and nearby areas to assist the ground forces in the operations.

In the wee hours yesterday, the group of terrorists in army fatigues had attempted to storm the base with the obvious intent of destroying MiG-21 fighter jets and MI-25 attack helicopters housed there. The attackers were believed to have infiltrated from Pakistan and there was speculation that they may belong to Jaish-e-Mohammad headed Maulana Masood Azhar of the Kandahar hijack episode.

The terrorists were carrying Under Barrel Grenade Launchers, 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.

Defence sources said the terrorists sneaked into the nearly 2000-acre air base through a forested area where they 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 the IAF aircraft fighters were stationed.