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Operation Pathankot continues for third day

Intermittent Blasts And Exchange Of Fire To Neutralise Two More Terrorists Continued On Sunday Night At Air Force Station Pathankot Here Where Four Militants Were Killed, Seven Security Men Lost Their Lives And 17 Persons Were Injured In 30-hour Long Operation.

PTI | Updated on: 04 Jan 2016, 09:41:30 AM

New Delhi:

Intermittent blasts and exchange of fire to neutralise two more terrorists continued on Sunday night at Air Force Station Pathankot here where four militants were killed, seven security men lost their lives and 17 persons were injured in 30-hour long operation.

The operation is still continuing and engagement with the terrorists is still going on, Air Commodore J S Dhamoon told reporters at a press conference.

The Air Commodore said four terrorists have been killed, seven security men - one is of Garud, five from Defence Security Corps (DSC) and one from NSG have been martyred in the operation, adding of the Dhamoon said the operations will continue till the whole of air base is cleared of intruder and any terrorist.

The officer said that there is also firing from other side (militants) in the morning. One NSG officer lost his life and three others suffered injuries when they were defusing the explosive material of a slain militant during which a grenade blast took place.

During the day, five companies of army, armed with bulldozers, JCB were sent to the area to speed up the operation against the terrorists.

Throughout the day choppers kept flying over the air force station to provide aerial support to the ground troops engaged in the operation against the terrorists.

According to reports, suspected militants were holed up in forested area on the backside of the air base from where they are reported to have entered.

Explosions rocked the area with high rise smoke clouds coming from the scene of gunbattle amidst heavy exchang of firing in the afternoon and evening between militants and security forces.

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First Published : 04 Jan 2016, 09:37:00 AM