Terrorists still holed up; operation continues


Pathankot, Jan 4: At least two more Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) terrorists are said to be holed up in Pathankot's Indian Air Force base as security forces continued their operations for the second day on Sunday with military casualties mounting to seven, including a Lieutenant Colonel of the NSG who died on Sunday.

Lt Col Niranjan, a member of the NSG's Bomb Disposal Squad and a Kerala resident, died after he succumbed to injuries which he sustained while he was trying to retrieve a live grenade from the body of a dead terrorist at the scene of the terror attack on Saturday as part of the combing operations that continued through the night.  Four other security men were also injured in the explosion.

"We are sure that still there are at least two more terrorists as firing have come from two different places. But we are not sure whether there are some more. We will come to know the number of terrorists only after the completion of the operation and body count," Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi told a press conference in Delhi.

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