This was not just the actions of a few “lone wolves,” but a major attack, with a gun battle that lasted several hours. “The BBC’s Sanjoy Majumder in Delhi says it is not yet clear who the attackers were but suspicion is already falling on Kashmiri militant groups based in Pakistan. Some Indian security officials suggested the Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed was to blame.” A Muslim group, dedicated to implementing the teachings of the Qur’an and Muhammad? Inconceivable!
“Pathankot: Gunmen attack India air force base near Pakistan border,” BBC, January 2, 2016:
Four gunmen have been killed in an overnight attack on an Indian air force base near Pakistani border, officials say.
Two soldiers at the Pathankot base were also killed in a gun battle lasting several hours.
Operations at the base are continuing, with some reports saying gunmen are holed up in the base.
The incident came days after the Indian and Pakistani leaders Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif met in Lahore to launch a surprise peace initiative.
The whole of India’s Punjab state has been placed on alert.
The base is on the main highway leading to Indian-administered Kashmir.
The gunmen wore Indian military uniforms and drove a hijacked car when they launched the attack at 03:30 (22:00 GMT Friday).
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