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Parrikar admits to security gaps

Parrikar admits to security gaps
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Bringing the curtains down on Day 4, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said all six terrorists at the Pathankot air base have been killed but admitted to \"some gaps\" in security that led to the terror attack in which some \"Pakistan-made material\" have been used.

PATHANKOT: ALL 6 TERRORISTS DEAD

Pathankot : Bringing the curtains down on Day 4, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said all six terrorists at the Pathankot air base have been killed but admitted to "some gaps" in security that led to the terror attack in which some "Pakistan-made material" have been used.

Addressing the media after a visit to the forward base that was under siege from Saturday morning, he said the terrorists were neutralised in an operation that was over in 38 hours but combing operations are still on and may continue for a day or two.

"There is no suspected terrorist inside right now. I will not give a negative report till the combing operations are over. The combing operations may be over by Wednesday," he said in reply to questions. He said the combing operation is for safety purpose as there are live, unexploded bombs besides rest of the ammunition.

"Probably, they have brought high quality explosives," Parrikar said. He said that the terrorists were carrying AK47s, modified Under Grenade Barrel Launcher, pistols, Swiss and commando knives, 40-50 kg of bullets besides 3-4 dozens of magazine and mortars.

Parrikar announced that all those seven security personnel killed during the attack will be treated as martyrs that will entitle them to all the benefits available to "battle casualty" like in war-like situation.

Replying to questions on the reported security lapses, he said "I see some gaps. But I do not think there is any compromise on security".

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