Security forces suspect two more terrorists are holed up in an airbase in Punjab’s Pathankot as fresh explosions and gunshots rang out of the facility on Sunday, a day after it was ambushed by heavily armed militants believed to be from Pakistan.
“There are two more terrorists inside the Indian Air force base in Pathankot,” Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, DIG (Border), was quoted as saying by ANI.
Officials of Punjab Police also confirmed this to HT on condition of anonymity. They were not authorised to speak to the media on the ongoing combing operation at the strategic facility.
The casualties from the militant attack on the air force base rose to seven on Sunday, with a blast during a mop-up operation killing an officer of the elite National Security Guards (NSG) and three more security personnel succumbing to their injuries from the encounter a day earlier.
Fresh gunfire and blasts were heard from inside the airbase, but there was little clarity on whether these were all part of the mopping up operation or there were some militants still alive.