India has been on the edge for the last three days following the terror strike in Pathankot, Punjab. Security has been beefed up at key cities like New Delhi and Mumbai fearing similar such attacks.
Here are some of the key highlights of the events that took place at Pathankot.
Security forces were put on high alert in Pathankot in Punjab’s frontier district Gurdaspur on Friday after a senior police official said he and his associates were kidnapped by five armed men in army fatigues. (Read story)
– Around four to six armed terrorists in army fatigues attacked the base around 3 a.m., and a fierce gun battle continued till around 8 a.m., killing at least four terrorists.
– Combing operations continued, with the forces suspecting more terrorists to be hiding, shots were heard again at around 11.30 a.m.
– Fresh gunshots and blasts were again heard from the Indian Air Force base here after a lull of around three hours.
– After a fierce gunfight of nearly 15 hours, security forces killed all five terrorists, suspected to be from Pakistan, who breached security and entered a frontline Indian Air Force (IAF) base near Punjab’s Pathankot town on Saturday, officials said.
– The MIG-21 Bison fighter jets, MI-35 attack helicopters, missiles and other critical assets of the IAF at the base were secure and the terrorists were prevented from getting near the technical area where these were stationed, IAF sources said. The IAF, in a statement in New Delhi, said that the terrorists’ plan to destroy “valuable assets” was “foiled” due to “effective preparations” and “coordinated efforts”.
DAY – 2
– Gunshots and a blast were heard from the Indian Air Force (IAF) frontier base near Pathankot town on Sunday morning leading to speculation that one more terrorist could still be holed up inside.
– Security agencies including the army, National Security Guards (NSG), Air Force, para-military forces and Punjab Police were involved in the massive search operation inside the IAF base and nearby areas.
The security and investigation agencies, including the National Investigation Agency (NIA), are trying to reconstruct events from the night of Dec 30-31 to the terror attack on the Indian Air Force (IAF) base around 3.30 am on Saturday.
DAY – 3
Search and combing operation by security forces continued at the Indian Air Force (IAF) base here on Monday morning, over 52 hours after terrorists attacked the frontline air base in Pathankot town of Punjab.