(Bloomberg) -- Fighting broke out again at the PathankotThis is ominous. I thought that this had been dealt with but fresh fighting today? Is this part of a wider terrorist offensive in India? Have the security forces been upgraded enough to adequately deal with it?
airforce base in northern India on Sunday, bringing the death
toll to at least eleven since gunmen stormed the site before
dawn on the previous day.
Seven Indian security personnel have been killed, and about
20 injured over the past two days, India’s Home Secretary Rajiv
Mehrishi said at a press conference in New Delhi. Four gunmen
were killed by Indian forces at the base in the state of Punjab
yesterday. At least two terrorists are at large, and operations
are going on to nab them, according to Mehrishi.
The attack comes a week after Indian Prime Minister
Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to Pakistan in a bid to
accelerate peace talks between the nuclear-armed neighbors. The
gunmen had crossed over from Pakistan and the terror group
Jaish-e-Mohammed may be responsible, Mehrishi said.
“Due to the active intelligence inputs and advance
information, and the quick action taken by the security forces,
especially the airforce, we have been able to ensure there is no
damage to the assets of the air force,” Mehrishi said. “The
apparent main aim of the terrorists stands defeated.”