It is suspected that another terrorist is still holed up inside the Pathankot air base.
Pathankot: Intermittent gunfire continued till late evening on Sunday - the second straight day of operations at the Pathankot air base. A fifth terrorist was neutralized yesterday, hunt is on for the other one. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in Bengaluru to open a yoga conference, chaired a meeting with the National Security Adviser, foreign secretary and other officials on Pathankot.
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"In the (Sunday) morning, we realised that two more terrorists were there. The operation at a mature state but the confirmation can be given only on recovering the bodies," said Air Marshal Anil Khosla.
Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj met a group of diplomats to chalk out a strategy on Pakistan. Coming a week after PM Modi's "spontaneous" visit to Pakistan, the attack has triggered a debate over ties with the neighbouring country.
Gunfire stopped in the evening at the air base -- from where Russian-made fleet of MiG-21 fighter jets and Mi-35 attack helicopters fly. But the operation is still continuing.
The gun-battle started at 3.30 am on Saturday. The armed forces - which had secured the compound following intelligence warning - had detected the advent of terrorists with the help of aircraft using thermal imaging capability.
The army wrested control of the base with the help of attack helicopters, mine-proof and bullet-proof personnel carriers. Four terrorists were killed on Saturday after the day-long gun-battle.
Vital air force assets -- MiG-21 Bison fighters and Mi-35 attack helicopters - were safe following advance intelligence about the attack.