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U.S. condemns Pathankot attack, urges all countries to combat terrorism

Three other IAF personnel, from the Defence Security Corps (DSC), succumbed to their injuries on Sunday.

Earlier three personnel too died at hospital where they were admitted following injuries sustained during the Pathankot attack.

Dhamoon said four terrorists have been killed and seven security men – one Garud commando, one NSG officer and five personnel of Defence Security Corps(DSC) have been martyred in the operation. The security personnel want to be completely sure before declaring the area as sanitized. Some senior officials of the Punjab Police led by DGP Suresh Arora are also present here.

The attack on Pathankot air base is believed to be carried out by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed that seeks independence for Kashmir.

Defence sources had said that the terrorists sneaked into the almost 2000-acre air base through a forested area where were confronted by the Quick Reaction Team of Garud commandos.

Amidst news that there has been fresh firing and explosions near the Pathankot Airbase, which was attacked yesterday by Pakistan based militants, we are slowly recognising the heroes who laid down their lives to fight off the infiltrators and uphold the nation’s pride. Singh later deleted his tweet. The remaining two terrorists are likely to be neutralised by this evening, the Home Secretary said in a media briefing.

“The terrorists were cordoned off in one area and the operation continued throughout the night (Saturday) and in the morning (Sunday)”, he said. The Home Secretary said due to the effective preparation and coordinated efforts by all the security agencies a group of terrorists were detected by the aerial surveillance platforms as soon as they entered the Air Force Station at Pathankot. Former Western Air Command Chief Air Marshal P S Ahulwalia said casualties could have been kept at minimum through “effective coordination” adding the time taken to neutralise the attackers is way too long.

The sources said the terrorists had used the vehicle of the Superintendent of Police of Gurdaspur, which men in army fatigues had hijacked in Pathankot on Friday after assaulting him and snatching away his mobile phone.

They said the investigators will also try and ascertain the conspiracy that was hatched on the Pakistani soil by the terrorists and if possible find out the state and non-state actors in that country.

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