Pathankot, Jan 4: When the Pathankot attack began it was clear that the terrorists had come in to cause maximum damage and were in for a long haul. Each terrorist came in with ammunition enough to last 4 to 5 days and were armed with 6 kilograms of RDX each.
The attack which began on January 1, 3.30 am is still on. According to sources, the security forces may be able to put an end to this attack by 12 noon today. Officials in the know of the operation tell OneIndia that the terrorists were holding them up for so long as they had plenty of ammunition. They are firing indiscriminately and will attempt to hold on until they are able to fire the last bullet.
Loaded with ammunition:
The terrorists have been contained to the non-technical area of the air force station in Pathankot. Although they have plenty of ammunition we have not allowed them to cause major damage to the air force station.
There were six terrorists who entered the air force station, but one was neutralised immediately while he was trying to scale the wall, the officer also informed. [Pathankot attack: Who should take responsibility for the lapse?]
The operations are taking so long because, the security forces need to ensure that the terrorists do not enter into important territory. Since the terrorists were loaded with ammunition, they continued to engage the security forces. The security forces had to extremely cautious and ensure that the terrorists remained contained or cornered at all times.
While questions are being asked about the security at the air force station, one must also take into account that it is not easy fighting people who have come to die, the officer said.
While the lapses will be scrutinised, one must bear in mind that the terrorists have not been able to enter into the technical area and their plan or goal had been foiled.