Pathankot Attack: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Briefs Modi About Current Situation At Air Base

03/01/2016 4:23 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI -- Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the ongoing attack at the Air Force Base in Pathankot where two terrorists are believed to be holed up and a fierce counter-operation is underway to smoke them out.

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi will brief the media on the attack at 5 pm today giving details about the counter operation.

Meanwhile, fresh firing began today at the Base after reports emerged of terrorists who were still active inside.

So far, seven defence personnel have been martyred including a National Security Guard (NSG) Lt. Colonel who succumbed to his injuries in the combing operations today.

A Garud commando and two Defence Security Corps (DSC) personnel succumbed to their injuries in the hospital last night. Eight DSC jawans and a Garud commando have been injured in the attack so far.

Amid reports that the national capital has been put on high alert over a possible Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) attack, Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi has warned the residents of the city to be 'vigilant' and report if anything is 'amiss'.

"Citizens' vigil against suspicious persons/objects/activities is vital to counter terrorism. Report anything amiss no. 100 or helpline 1090," Bassi tweeted.

Delhi has been put on high alert after intelligence agencies have warned of a possible 'high profile strike' allegedly by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in the national capital. The security forces have been asked to maintain extra vigilance at all crowded locations.

According to sources, the agencies have warned that two JeM terrorists have sneaked into the national capital with the intention to carry out high profile strikes and a hostage crisis could also be possible.

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