Published On : Tue, Jan 5th, 2016

Pathankot combing ops underway, likely to end by tomorrow: Parrikar

parrikar statemntNew Delhi/ Nagpur: As many six terrorists were killed in the security operation to secure the Pathankot air base, said defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday.

Parrikar said the weapons recovered at the Indian Air Force base indicate that the terrorists came from Pakistan but the National Investigation Agency’s probe would establish where they came from.

He said: “There are indications from the recovered weapons that the terrorists came from Pakistan. I see some gaps (security related) that will be cleared after investigation.”

The operation is likely to end tomorrow (Wednesday), he said.

The attack began early Saturday morning and has dragged on as troops struggled to find the heavily armed attackers in the sprawling base, with forests and fields, homes for personnel based there and a school for their children.

The base has a fleet of India’s Russian-origin MiG-21 fighter jets and Mi-25 and Mi-35 attack helicopters, along with other military hardware. Officials said no military hardware was damaged in the fighting.