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Fresh blast at Pathankot air base, 3 jawans injured

Fresh blast at Pathankot air base, 3 jawans injured
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Three National Security Guard jawans were injured on Sunday after a blast during combing operations at the Pathankot air base, which was attacked by Pakistani fidayeen militants.

Three National Security Guard jawans were injured on Sunday after a blast during combing operations at the Pathankot air base, which was attacked by Pakistani fidayeen militants.

An Improvised Explosive Device planted by the terrorists exploded during the combing operations that continued through the night after heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists attempted to storm the air base.
Gunshots were also heard from the Indian Air Force frontier base on Sunday morning leading to speculation that a sixth terrorist could still be holed up inside.
Meanwhile, in the seventh casualty among the security forces, Lt Col Niranjan of the National Security Guard died in hospital on Sunday morning. He was injured in an IED blast while retrieving the body of a terrorist.
An eight-member team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has reached Pathankot in Punjab to take over the probe into the attack.
Search and combing operation continued at the base a day after a gunfight that lasted over 17 hours. Three security personnel were also killed after the attackers breached a high-security perimetre and entered the IAF base.
The attackers are believed to belong to Jaish-e-Mohammad headed by Maulana Masood Azhar of the Kandahar hijack episode.
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The security around the area remained tight and defence personnel were seen patrolling the area. The technical area, where the IAF's MIG-21 fighter jets, MI-35 attack helicopters and other critical assets were stationed, was secure, they said.
Security agencies, including the Army, NSG, Indian Air Force, paramilitary forces and Punjab Police were involved in the massive search operation inside the IAF base and nearby areas.
IAF helicopters could be seen flying over the base and nearby areas through the night and since early Sunday to assist ground forces in the operations.Meanwhile, security was also stepped up in the national capital and several states including airports, railway stations, bus stands and other vital installations.
Police patrolling has also been intensified and every vehicle entering in the state from interstate borders is being checked thoroughly.
Officials at the New Delhi Railway Station received a threat of bomb being planted on the New Delhi-Kanpur route after which trains were delayed.
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