New Delhi: A week after prime minister Narendra Modi walked an extra mile to thaw relations with Pakistan, a terror attack at Pathankot Air Base in Punjab shook India early morning today, killing three security personnels and injuring six others.
A group of heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists, allegedly hailing from the Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit, infiltrated the borders of Punjab on December 30.
Sources claim the attackers were from Bahawalpur in Pakistan and were commissioned to blow up the helicopters stationed at the base.
Reports suggest the combing operation is ongoing, with fresh gunfire heard and at least one helicopter seen firing at an area inside the base.
Two more terrorists have been killed, taking the number of terrorists to six.
The two taxis that the attackers used to reach Pathankot was booked by Pakistan phone number.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar held a high-level meeting with National Security Advisor and is currently monitoring the situation from New Delhi.
Security across the area were beefed up after the abduction of Salwinder Singh, a superintendent of police on Thursday night, who claimed seize by five armed men in army fatigues.
The Pathankot attack has a striking resemblance to Gurdaspur terror attack that took earlier this year.
Intelligence reports had cautioned Indian government of terror attacks at defence installations in the region around the New Year; the abduction of Punjab SP was one correlating incident.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju claimed of substantial evidence about the attackers “being sponsored by some elements from across the border.”
Media reports suggest that the militant made a call to his mother and informed her about his mission. “Please take your food,” her mother replied.
Meanwhile, in a series of tweets, Pakistan has condemned the terror attack and expressed its “heartfelt condolences”.