US Strongly Condemns 'Heinous' Pathankot Attack

03/01/2016 11:04 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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PATHANKOT, INDIA - JANUARY 2: Punjab Police Swat Team security personnel guarding the road leading to Pathankot Air Force Station at Dhaki Chowk during an ongoing attack on the base in the northern Indian state of Punjab by suspected militants on January 2, 2016, in Pathankot, India. Suspected Islamist gunmen have staged a pre-dawn attack on a key Indian air base near the Pakistan border with two militants killed in a shootout, officials said, striking a blow to the neighbours' fragile peace process at Pathankot. Four terrorists and three Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel were killed in an attack on an air force base in Punjabs Pathankot district early on Saturday morning, setting alarm bells ringing across the country. A team of 50 commandos of the National Security Guard (NSG) led the fight against the militants at the air force base, a top security official said. (Photo By Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- The United States has strongly condemned the 'heinous' terrorist attack on the Indian Air Force Base in Pathankot, Punjab on Saturday where three defence personnel were martyred and five terrorists were neutralised and called for a united front to bring the 'perpetrators to justice'.

"The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack on an air force base in the Indian state of Punjab on January 2. We extend our condolences to the victims and their families," US Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs John Kirby said in a statement.

He asserted that the United States is committed to their 'strong partnership' with the Indian government to combat terrorism and reiterated America's stand for a global front against terrorist networks.

"We urge all countries in the region to work together to disrupt and dismantle terrorist networks and to bring to justice the perpetrators of this heinous act," Kirby said.

Earlier, Pakistan also condemned the attack on the Air Force and said that it was committed to eradicate terrorism.

"We extend heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of India, and the bereaved families, and wish the wounded, speedy and full recovery," a MoFA statement said.

"Building on the goodwill created during the recent high level contacts between the two countries, Pakistan remains committed to partner with India as well as other countries in the region to completely eradicate the menace of terrorism afflicting our region," the statement further said.

Meanwhile, security remained tight at the Air Base a day after the attack and defence personnel were seen heavily patrolling the area.

Punjab Director General of Police Suresh Arora reached the site to assess the current situation and a team of the National Security guard arrived as combing operations resumed today.

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