Three Jawans Dead In IED Blast During Combing Operations Post Pathankot Attack

03/01/2016 12:36 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Indian army personnel leap from the rear of a truck at an airforce base in Pathankot on January 3, 2016, during an operation to 'sanitise' the base following an attack by gunmen. The deadly assault on an Indian air base near the Pakistan border was 'a heinous' terrorist attack, the United States said, urging the two rivals to work together to hunt down those responsible. Three security officers were killed in the attack by suspected Islamist militants on Pathankot base in northern Punjab state early January 2. At least four attackers also died in shootouts with security forces. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU / AFP / NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

PATHANKOT, Punjab -- An IED exploded during the combing operation at the Air Force base here even as three security personnel injured in the terror attack by Pakistani terrorists succumbed to injuries, taking the death toll of security men killed in the attack to six.

While all the four attackers were killed in the day-long gunbattle yesterday, three security men were also killed in the operation.

Three more Defence Security Corps personnel succumbed to injuries in hospital at night, Defence Ministry sources said today.

Nine other security personnel including a Garud Commando are recuperating in hospital.

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 Force base yesterday.

A team of NIA took over the probe into the terror attack.

"The operation is going on at Air Force Station," SHO Sukhjinder Singh told reporters.

The NIA has taken over the probe into the terror attack.

Some senior officials of Punjab Police led by DGP Suresh Arora were also present at the base.

Entire area has been cordoned off and top officers of several agencies are camping in the station premises to oversee the operation which is jointly being conducted by several security wings including NIA, NSG and Garud.

A Punjab Police official said the operation will end only after a thorough search and combing operation is completed.

IAF helicopters were also seen flying over the base and nearby areas to assist ground forces in the operations.

In the heavy exchange of fire yesterday, a commando and two other personnel of the IAF were killed along with four attackers. At least, six security men were also injured.

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