Pathankot, Jan 2: Punjab has been put on high alert as security forces battle terrorists at the Air Force base in Pathankot. Reports suggest that there was gunfire at the Pathankot Air Force station. Two terrorists have been killed by the security forces even as the operation continues.
Terrorists who slipped into Punjab late last night are said to have opened fire on the air force station. The exact number of terrorists involved in the operation is not known as yet.
Police officials say that terrorists armed with AK-47 rifles and dressed in army fatigues came into Punjab from Pakistan. They entered into the Pathankot border district and killed one man who has been identified as Ikaagar Singh. They also stole at gunpoint the official Mahindra XUV of Gurdaspur superintendent of police Salwinder Singh who was returning from Pathankot along with his cook Madan and friend Rajesh Verma.
The NSG was pressed into service to track down the terrorists. Later it was found that the vehicle was abandoned barely two km from the Tajpur air force station on the Punjab-Himachal Pradesh border.
Following this, there was an alert in all defence installations. Police suspect that the terrorists could have come in from Pakistan and the modus operandi was very similar to the one that took place at Gurdaspur five months back.