Six gunmen killed at besieged air base in India

Six gunmen killed at besieged air base in India

Six gunmen who attacked an air force base near India’s border with Pakistan have been killed, an official said.

Seven Indian troops were also killed in the attack, while an operation is under way to secure the compound.

Defense minister Manohar Parrikar said that no military hardware was damaged in the fighting at the Pathankot base, which has a fleet of India’s Russian-origin MiG-21 fighter jets and Mi-25 and Mi-35 attack helicopters.

The attack began before dawn on Saturday and dragged on as government troops struggled to contain the heavily armed attackers in the sprawling compound.

At least twice it appeared that the attack had ended, but fresh gunfire and explosions erupted both times.

The attack took place despite early intelligence warnings.

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