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Timeline of Pathankot terror attack


New Delhi, Jan 4: Here is timeline of Pathankot terror attack.

December 30 2015: Six terrorists of the Jaish-e-Mohammad enter India through the Kathua-Gurdaspur border in Punjab.

January 1, 2016:

  • At around 8 PM, terrorists hire a taxi booked on a Pakistan number. They kill the taxi driver by slitting his throat.

Pathankot terror attack
  • At around 9.30 PM, terrorists abduct Gurdaspur Superintendent of Police, Salwinder Singh. They drive for 20 kiolmetres before asking SP to get off. Terrorists steal the official car of the SP.
  • Terrorists use mobile phone of SP to call handlers in Bhawalpur, Pakistan.

January 2, 2016:

  • Terrorists proceed towards Pathankot air force station.
  • At 3 PM, terrorists try entering into air force station, but one terrorist is killed while trying to scale the wall.
  • At 3.30 PM five other terrorists gain entry into domestic area of air force station where they engage in firing with security personnel.
  • NSG rushed to Pathankot. NIA team also present.
  • In the gun battle two IAF personnel and one Garuda commando martyred.
  • Firing continues all through the day and security forces kill three more terrorists.
  • Several security personnel are injured in the attack.
  • Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, three service chiefs and NSA convene meeting.
  • At 6 PM firing stops but combing and search operations continue.

January 3, 2016:

  • Four security personnel including a Lt. Colonel of the NSG succumb to injuries taking toll up to 7.
  • At around 12.30 PM firing commences. Security personnel say two more terrorists holed up.
  • Sounds of heavy fire and grenades being hurled are heard.
  • Security forces claim one more terrorist killed taking toll up to five.
  • At 5 PM Home Secretary addresses media and says casualty could have been higher if not for prior intelligence.
  • IAF officials say operation is at a mature stage and almost coming to a close.
  • Prime Minister chairs high level meeting to discuss Pathankot attack.
  • Searching and mopping operations continue.

January 4, 2016:

  • Security personnel begin operation to flush out one possible remaining terrorist.
  • Intermittent firing followed by grenade being hurled at the air force station.
  • Firing continues and security forces say each terrorist was armed with 6 Kgs of RDX.
  • Operation still at a mature stage says IAF.
  • Security kill one more terrorist taking number to 5.
  • One more terrorist suspected to be holed up.
  • NSG says that operation is still on, only 5 terrorists killed.
January 5, 2016:
  • Combing and mopping operations resume.
  • Charred body found, security forces suspect it is of 6th terrorist.
  • Body being identified to ascertain if it is sixth terrorist.
  • Security forces say combing will continue until area completely secure.

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