Patankot Terror Attack - India On High Alert
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Two militants were shot dead and two Indian Air Force personnel were killed in a terror attack on the Pathankot Air Force base in Punjab on Saturday morning. The encounter between security forces and the terrorists ended several hours after the attack but combing operations in the area are still continuing.

Here are the latest updates:

* Security forces killed four terrorists following an attack on the Indian Air Force Station in north Punjab early on Saturday.

* A gunbattle to weed out the remaining terrorists at the Air Force base near Chakki river, ended several hours after the attack.

* Two Indian Force personnel were killed in the encounter.

* The attack began with gunfire around 3.30am on Saturday.

* Police have cordoned off the area. The Army and a team of the National Security Guard have been summoned to the area.

* The number of terrorists — who were wearing Army fatigues — was reportedly around four to six

* Heavy firing could be heard from the IAF station area till 7.30 am.

* Security forces were already on high alert over the past 24 hours after an incident in a nearby area where a senior police officer was abducted in his car late Thursday and later released.

* Two IAF helicopters could be seen assisting security forces in the combing operations.

* The Pathankot-Jammu highway has been put on high alert by security forces. The entire area near the IAF station has been sealed.

* Defence sources said the army has been moved out to the highway to ensure no militant is able to sneak into J&K.

* Security forces were put on high alert in Pathankot in Punjab's frontier district Gurdaspur on Friday — about 12 hours before the terror attack — after a senior police officer said he and his associates were seized by five armed men wearing army uniforms.

02 Jan, 2016 0 1236
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