03/01/2016 3:02 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Fresh Firing Starts In Pathankot Air Base, Two Militants Suspected To Be Holed Up

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Indian army soldiers take up position on the perimeter of 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 -- Fresh firing today started at the Air Force base here with two more militants suspected to be holed up.

"A fresh contact has been established and there was brief firing," a senior Army official said.

Additional reinforcements have been sent to the area of operation.

Five companies comprising nearly 500 personnel have been deployed by the army in the operation.

"There is a possibility of two more terrorists being holed up at the Air Force base station," Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, DIG Border Range, Punjab Police said

He said the search and combing operation was underway and that further details would be shared later on.

A group of terrorists in army fatigues had yesterday attempted to storm the base, which is barely 35 kms from the International Border with Pakistan, but could not penetrate deep.

Earlier this morning, a grenade blast had ripped through the base, claiming the life of an NSG commando and leaving four others injured.

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