After 80 Hours, Operation In Pathankot Ends, Say Sources: Live Updates

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At least four gunmen were killed after two teams of terrorists launched an attack on the Air Force base in Punjab's Pathankot on Saturday morning, authorities said. Two more were holed up in the administrative block of the base. After an operation to neutralise the attackers that lasted for more than 60 hours, all six terrorists have now been shot dead. Combing operations to secure the area are still on.


Jan 05, 2016
17:00 (IST)
Jan 05, 2016
16:30 (IST)
The encounter lasted for about 38 hours, the rest of the time went in combing operations to mainly find any live explosives: Manohar Parrikar
Jan 05, 2016
16:26 (IST)
I congratulate soldiers for being able to push the terrorists to a corner and flesh them out: Manohar Parrikar

  • The NIA has got initial leads, let them complete the investigation. They have an idea where the terrorists came from and how they entered. We can only share this much at this moment.
Jan 05, 2016
16:19 (IST)
Combing operations could end till tomorrow or day after. But that's the call of the NIA: Defence Minister

  • I would like to congratulate the soldiers as they were able to secure all national assets.
  • 5 soldiers were killed which was our bad luck. All martyrs and injured will be considered as battle casualties and their families will be given all related benefits. State government have also announced compensations.
  • In the investigation so far, some of the equipment used by the terrorists was made in Pakistan. We'll know more after the investigation is complete.
Jan 05, 2016
16:14 (IST)
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's Statement After Pathankot Operation Ends



  • In this operation 6 terrorists have been neutralised. Two of those bodies are burnt badly. DNA confirmation will have to be done to double check.
  • Combing operations are on. Explosives and high quality ammunition was used by the terrorist.
Jan 05, 2016
16:03 (IST)
Cook Abducted By Terrorists In Pathankot Alleges He Was tortured By Police Too

Cook Abducted By Terrorists In Pathankot Alleges He Was tortured By Police Too

Cook Madan Gopal, 61, who was in the police SUV that was hijacked by terrorists in Punjab last week, alleges that he was beaten up and tortured by the police when they questioned him after the incident.
Jan 05, 2016
11:44 (IST)
I am an upright, religious person. I have done no wrong: Punjab police officer Salwinder Singh
Jan 05, 2016
11:42 (IST)
No one would have raised a question had i died. It is by God's grace that i am alive: Punjab police officer Salwinder Singh
Jan 05, 2016
11:32 (IST)
I was going to a Gurdwara, hence was unarmed and without security: Punjab police officer Salwinder Singh
Jan 05, 2016
11:32 (IST)
They tied my hands & legs and then blindfolded me: Punjab police officer Salwinder Singh
Jan 05, 2016
11:31 (IST)
Terrorists didn't know I was an SP. They were speaking in Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi: Punjab police officer Salwinder Singh
Jan 05, 2016
11:30 (IST)
They had AK-47 and threatened to shoot us. I knew right away that they were terrorists. They snatched away my phones, but they didn't know i had a third phone: Punjab police officer Salwinder Singh
Jan 05, 2016
11:30 (IST)
4-5 people stopped our car and abducted us: Punjab police officer Salwinder Singh


Jan 05, 2016
11:15 (IST)
Final farewell to Pathankot martyr Lieutenant Colonel Niranjan Kumar




Jan 05, 2016
10:23 (IST)
'Knew Right Away They Were Terrorists,' Says Abducted Cop
'Knew Right Away They Were Terrorists,' Says Cop Who Was Abducted
'Terrorists didn't know I was Superintendent of Police, my hands and legs were tied up,' says cop who was abducted by the terrorists who attacked the air force base.
Jan 05, 2016
10:02 (IST)
Unidentified body found at Pathankot air base, say sources.
Jan 04, 2016
23:32 (IST)
Mr Gadkari warned that Pakistan would be given a "befitting reply" if it did not does not mend its ways

Pathankot Attack: Will Give Pakistan 'Tit For Tat' Warns Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

"We want friendship with them (Pakistan). That does not mean that we are weak. If Pakistan continues to do such acts then we will give them tit for tat (eent ka jawab patthar se denge)," he warned, in an obvious reference to the terror attack in Pathankot. He was speaking in Hyderabad.
Jan 04, 2016
23:30 (IST)
Condemning the attack, Pakistan has said it is working on leads provided by India.

"In line with Pakistan's commitment to effectively counter and eradicate terrorism, the Government is in touch with the Indian government and is working on the leads provided by it," said a press release by the foreign affairs ministry of Pakistan.
Jan 04, 2016
22:04 (IST)
Working on leads provided by India, committed to sustained dialogue, says Pakistan
 
Jan 04, 2016
19:02 (IST)
Presence of more terrorists in Pathankot air base not ruled out, say sources. Security forces to continue the operation till the area is secured.
Jan 04, 2016
18:36 (IST)
Terrorists were dropped on the Pakistani side of the border in two cars, say sources
 
Jan 04, 2016
18:02 (IST)
Trained terrorists, suicide squads with the objective to inflict maximum damage: Arun Jaitley on Pathankot attack

  • The nation mourns the death of soldiers. It is very unfortunate. The security forces were directed to minimise the casualties.
  • Such operations take time because there's a likelihood of explosives planted across the area.
  • The prompt action taken by our security forces to contain the terrorists at the entry saved our national assets.
Jan 04, 2016
17:58 (IST)
Jan 04, 2016
16:21 (IST)
All six terrorists who launched an attack on a key air force base in Punjab's Pathankot on Saturday morning have been killed
Jan 04, 2016
15:00 (IST)
Latest From Air Base

  1. No firing or explosion heard for a few hours now
  2. Search on for any remaining terrorist
  3. NIA and security agencies have been checking around Bamiyal village - this village is on the Ugh river - possible route of infiltration

Jan 04, 2016
13:27 (IST)
Why Have You Fallen Behind, Group 2 Of Pathankot Terrorists Asked
In an intercepted call, handlers for the terrorists are reportedly heard asking why second group of attackers had fallen behind. Investigators now say they are sure that the attackers infiltrated India together, but then split up to avoid detection.
Jan 04, 2016
13:18 (IST)

Jan 04, 2016
12:19 (IST)
NSG Briefs Media On Attack

1) Operations for this airbase are going on smoothly.

2) All strategic assets at the air base are safe

3) Given the magnitude, operation to eliminate terrorists being done jointly by NSG and Garud.

4) Eliminated 4 terrorists, operations to eliminate 2 more possible terrorists are in the final stages

5) Area of airbase being very large, combing ops are going on simultaneously


Jan 04, 2016
11:01 (IST)
Two Terror Teams Struck Pathankot, Reveal Officials To NDTV
After saying all the terrorists who attacked the Pathankot air base near the Pakistan border were dead, officials said at least two attackers remained and vowed to kill them today to end a more than 48-hour siege.
Jan 04, 2016
10:46 (IST)

Jan 04, 2016
09:57 (IST)
Children pay tribute to NSG Lt Col Niranjan at Bengaluru's BEL Ground

Jan 04, 2016
09:47 (IST)

Jan 04, 2016
09:45 (IST)
What we know so far

  1. Senior police officer and his cook, abducted by terrorists a day before the attack, are being questioned by National Investigation Agency. Their version of the sequence of events is being verified on the ground
  2. Possibility of terrorist entering in two groups is being looked at very seriously. This had happen in last year Uri attack on an army camp.
  3. Border Security Force submitting report to Home Ministry on possible infiltration routes
  4. Operations at the air base, where terrorists had launched a pre-dawn attack on Saturday, had continued overnight.
Jan 04, 2016
09:05 (IST)
JUST IN
Heavy gunfire has been heard from inside the Pathankot air base in Punjab, where the operation against holed in terrorists entered its third day
Jan 04, 2016
08:36 (IST)

Jan 04, 2016
08:34 (IST)
Mortal remains of NSG Lt Col Niranjan brought to his Bengaluru residence.


Jan 03, 2016
22:29 (IST)

Jan 03, 2016
22:04 (IST)
With nightfall, guns fall silent at Pathankot
After intermittent firing and occasional sounds of explosion since 3 pm on Sunday, guns have fallen silent at the Pathankot air force station, reports NDTV's Sudhi Ranjan Sen.

Active operations seem to have been wrapped up for the day with at least one more terrorist killed during the day. Four were killed yesterday.

Authorities however are yet to confirm the death of any terrorists today, waiting for the bodies to be recovered.

Extreme caution needs to be exercised in removing the bodies amid concerns of booby traps and explosives. Indian forces don't want to take undue risks and seem to be in favour of wrapping up operations in daylight tomorrow, sources say.



Jan 03, 2016
21:39 (IST)

Jan 03, 2016
21:27 (IST)

Jan 03, 2016
20:45 (IST)
'He always wanted to join the Army,' Lieutenant Colonel of the National Security Guard Niranjan Kumar's father tells news agency ANI.
Jan 03, 2016
20:40 (IST)

Jan 03, 2016
20:28 (IST)

Jan 03, 2016
20:13 (IST)
Intermittent firing still on at Pathankot Air Base
Jan 03, 2016
18:04 (IST)

Jan 03, 2016
17:37 (IST)

Jan 03, 2016
17:29 (IST)

Jan 03, 2016
17:25 (IST)
Air Marshal Anil Khosla on the Pathankot attacks:
  • At night operations slowed down and the area was cordoned off
  • In the morning, we realised two more terrorists are there
  • The operation is at a mature state but confirmation on the number of casualties only after recovering bodies
Jan 03, 2016
17:11 (IST)
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi is addressing the media on the Pathankot terror attack.

Here are the highlights:
  • Intelligence, Air Force was alerted after attack on SP
  • Due to surveillance and alert they were unable to move to the technical area - their target
  • They were contained in a non-operational area and surrounded and combing operations were started
  • Six terrorists neutralised at Pathankot air base
Jan 03, 2016
16:48 (IST)
  • Fresh explosion heard inside Pathankot air base
  • Mopping operations to continue till tomorrow
Jan 03, 2016
16:27 (IST)
'If not for intelligence reports, Pathankot attack could have been more severe': Home Minister Rajnath Singh
Jan 03, 2016
16:07 (IST)

Jan 03, 2016
15:57 (IST)

Jan 03, 2016
15:33 (IST)

Jan 03, 2016
15:28 (IST)
Just In

One more terrorist killed inside Pathankot air base. 4 were killed yesterday
Jan 03, 2016
15:14 (IST)

Jan 03, 2016
14:41 (IST)

Jan 03, 2016
14:25 (IST)
Jan 03, 2016
14:21 (IST)

Jan 03, 2016
14:20 (IST)
Security outside Indian Air Force Base



Jan 03, 2016
14:06 (IST)

Jan 03, 2016
14:05 (IST)
Reports of fresh firing at the air force base in Pathankot
Jan 03, 2016
13:06 (IST)

Jan 03, 2016
12:37 (IST)
A National Security Guard Lieutenant Colonel Niranjan E Kumar injured in yesterday's attack dies of injuries. Number of deaths rises to 7
Jan 03, 2016
11:32 (IST)
3 soldiers injured in Pathankot terror attack die in hospital, number of deaths rises to 6
Jan 03, 2016
09:58 (IST)
Fresh explosion

Most likely explosives left behind by terrorist are being neutralized and defused as combing operation continues

Jan 03, 2016
09:57 (IST)

Jan 03, 2016
09:47 (IST)
National Investigation Agency to take over investigation of Pathankot attack
Jan 03, 2016
08:32 (IST)

Jan 03, 2016
08:31 (IST)
24-hours After

The Operation Continues: Four terrorists have been killed, however,  the operation to sanitise the air base continues. As per the reports three security personnel have died, but the number of deaths could go higher, sources told NDTV.


Jan 03, 2016
01:19 (IST)
Read: Commonwealth Gold Medalist Fateh Singh Dies In Pathankot Attack
Subedar Fateh Singh, a 51-year-old Army man who lost his life during combing operations at Indian Air Force (IAF) base near Punjab's Pathankot town on Saturday, had won a gold and a silver medal at the first Commonwealth Shooting Championships held in Delhi in 1995.
Jan 03, 2016
00:19 (IST)
Read: India's Military Response At Pathankot Included Rockets: 10 Points
After intelligence reports of an imminent terror attack on Pathankot Air Force base, a team of the National Security Guard's Black Cat Commandos was deployed at the air base.
Jan 02, 2016
22:34 (IST)
Rajnath Singh withdraws tweet on terrorists killed
Uncertainty prevailed on Saturday night on the number of terrorists killed in the attack on the Pathankot air base, with Home Minister Rajnath Singh withdrawing a tweet putting the number at five. Read here.

Jan 02, 2016
21:28 (IST)

Jan 02, 2016
21:27 (IST)

Jan 02, 2016
21:21 (IST)

Jan 02, 2016
20:16 (IST)
Jan 02, 2016
19:55 (IST)
Jan 02, 2016
19:43 (IST)
Jan 02, 2016
19:22 (IST)
Proud of our jawans, says PM Modi
Jan 02, 2016
19:10 (IST)
Jan 02, 2016
18:43 (IST)
Combing operations are on and amid fear of booby traps, the bodies are likely to be recovered by the morning, reports NDTV's Vishnu Som.




Jan 02, 2016
18:37 (IST)
Two more terrorists have been likely killed in the security operation after the Pathankot terror attack. Their bodies are yet to be found, sources have told NDTV.
Jan 02, 2016
18:32 (IST)
Read: With Thermal Imaging, Air Force Detected Pathankot Terrorists In Pitch Dark
 The terrorists who infiltrated the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot after 3 am in pitch-dark conditions were first detected by either Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or Mi-35 attack helicopters.
Jan 02, 2016
17:55 (IST)