PM arrives at Pathankot air base

Pathankot (Punjab), Jan 9 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived at the Pathankot IAF base that was attacked by suspected Pakistani terrorists last week.

Soon after landing at air base, which was targetted exactly a week ago on in a pre-dawn attack, Modi met senior Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Army officers.

Tight security arrangements were in place for the prime minister’s visit. No one was allowed to enter the area near the Air Force Station (AFS), located 250 km from Chandigarh.

Six terrorists and seven security personnel were killed in the attack.

Security forces repulsed the attack and the terrorists were unable to harm any of the IAF’s critical assets, including fighter aircraft and attack helicopters.

PM Modi likely to visit Pathankot today

New Delhi (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Pathankot in Punjab today for first-hand assessment of the situation at the Air base which was attacked by six terrorists last Saturday.

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Sources said the visit is expected to take place today morning and details of the trip are being finalised.

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.

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