Pathankot attack: PM Narendra Modi to visit air base station on Saturday

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The Prime Minister is set to reach Pathankot in Punjab at around 11 am which was attacked by six terrorists on January1 and is slated to meet top Army and Indian Air Force officials.

The two border districts of Gurdaspur and Pahankot were on high alert.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have the first-hand assessment of the situation at the air base from top Indian Air Force officials.

Meanwhile on Friday, security forces declared that the sprawling Air Force station in Pathankot in Punjab was fully sanitised after a massive combing operation spanning over three days.

“The combing operation at the Air Force station is over,” a senior IAF official said, adding the entire area has been sanitised.

The sanitisation operation had been going on for the last three days ever since the six terrorists were gunned down after in a four-day gunfight.

The operation to ensure that no terrorist was hiding was carried out jointly by Army, NSG and IAF’s Garud commandos.

The Pathankot attack, in which seven security personnel were also martyred, has been blamed on the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed.

There were also reports that five terrorists had sneaked into the border area of Gurdaspur and Pathankot, following which army formations have been put on alert, officials said.

Six terrorists in army fatigues attacked the Air Base in Pathankot on Saturday, leading to an encounter that lasted over four days.

Gurdaspur was also targeted by Pakistani terrorists in July last year also when they struck at a police station in Gurdaspur.

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