#PathankotAttack LIVE updates: United Jehad Council claims responsibility

#PathankotAttack : United Jehad Council claims responsibility

Conglomerate of militant outfits United Jihad Council (UJC) Monday claimed the responsibility of Pathankot Airbase attack in Punjab where a search and combing operation continued for the fourth consecutive day on Monday.

Besides five militants, seven Indian security personnel, including one official of the National Security Guard, one IAF Garud commando and five Defence Services Corps (DSC) personnel have been killed in the attack so far.

The operation to neutralise terrorists continues even as seven security men have lost their lives and 17 persons have been injured so far .

Though security forces have managed to neutralise five terrorists, a few more are believed to be still holed up inside the base.

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Posted by Saurabh Shukla on Monday, 4 January 2016

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday presided over a high-level meeting to discuss the ongoing operation at Pathankot air base to flush out holed up terrorists and the attack on Indian consulate in Afghanistan.

Top security officials, including NSA Ajit Doval, are learnt to have briefed Modi on the ongoing operation in Pathankot as well as the terror strike at the Indian consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif yesterday.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, both members of the Cabinet Committee on Security, were also present at the meeting.

Soon after returning from his two-day visit to Karnataka, Modi had chaired a similar meeting last night of top officials, including Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.

The operation against militants holed up at the air base entered the third day today after explosions and firing continued intermittently overnight.

Security forces had yesterday killed one of the at least two terrorists on the second day of the attack in which seven security personnel lost their lives, including a Lieutenant Colonel of the NSG. Four terrorists were eliminated on Saturday when they had struck at the air base.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) mandated to probe terror cases, will register a case on Monday to probe the conspiracy of a Pakistan-based terrorist group, believed to be Jaish-e-Mohammed, behind the strike at the IAF base in Pathankot in Punjab.

The Pathankot IAF facility, located near the border with Pakistan, is the base of MiG-21 fighter planes and MI-25 attack helicopters of Air Force. India recently gifted four such choppers to Afghanistan last month.

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