Bomb left by attackers kills officer at Indian air force base

A bomb planted by gunmen during an attack on an Indian air force base exploded Sunday killing an officer and taking the death toll in the incident to 10, defence sources said.

Four gunmen who attacked the air base in Pathankot near India’s border with Pakistan early Saturday were killed during the shootout, along with two security personnel.

Three other guards succumbed to injuries overnight. Nine injured security personnel were still being treated in hospital.

The bomb exploded Sunday when army team was carrying out search operations to find any militants who may still be hiding in the area.

The bodies of the four attackers had been recovered, but there could have been more who escaped during the shootout, NDTV reported citing intelligence sources.

Assault rifles, mortars, grenade launchers and Global Positioning System devices were recovered at the scene.

The government said it had intelligence reports that terrorists would try to infiltrate military installations in Pathankot area, and the base was prepared to respond.

The gunmen were detected as soon as they entered and contained in a limited area, away from the technical zone where high-value aircraft are parked, the Defence Ministry said.

Last update: Sun, 03/01/2016 - 10:11

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