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National Investigation Agency to probe Pathankot attack; situation remains tense around IAF base

National Investigation Agency to probe Pathankot attack; situation remains tense around IAF base
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A day after the deadly assault on the Indian Air Force Base in Pathankot, the security around the area remained tight and defence personnel were seeing heavily patrolling the area and the situation remained tense. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will take over investigation of the attack.

A day after the deadly assault on the Indian Air Force Base in Pathankot, the security around the area remained tight and defence personnel were seeing heavily patrolling the area and the situation remained tense. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will take over investigation of the attack.


Security was also stepped up in the national capital and several states including airports, railway stations, bus stands and other vital installations here.

Police patrolling has also been intensified and every vehicle entering in the state from interstate borders is being checked thoroughly.

On Saturday, five terrorists were neutralised and three security personnel were martyred in the attack on the Air Force Station.

The terrorists reportedly - having their allegiance to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed - were led by one Nazir, who appeared to be the leader of the group as per intercepted radio communication, entered the base through a nullah-gap.

The heavily armed terrorists, who entered the Air Force Station through a gap in a nullah, traced by drones, and contained just 300-400 metres inside the station by IAF's Quick Reaction Teams, who killed one terrorist shortly, said top government sources.

A Garuda Commando also killed in the initial gunfight.

However, rest of the terrorists could manage to reach the Development Support Committee (DSC's) restroom, where they shot dead two DSC personnel, said sources, adding that second and third terrorists were killed around 2-3p.m, while their fourth accomplice was neutralised after 4p.m.

Sources said AK-47, UBGL, 52 mm mortars, GPS locators were seized from their possession.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had congratulated the Armed Forces for successfully neutralising all the five terrorists.

"I congratulate our armed forces and other security forces on successfully neutralising all the five terrorists in 'Pathankot Operation. Nation is proud of its brave security forces who have always rose to the occasion. I salute our forces on successful operation in Pathankot," Singh tweeted.
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