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4 attackers, 2 soldiers killed in militant attack on Indian AF base


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4 attackers, 2 soldiers killed in militant attack on Indian AF base

*Gunmen entered Indian air force base on Saturday

*Fire exchanged with security forces leave two of them dead

Four gunmen and two soldiers were killed after militants attacked a Indian air force base close to the country’s border with Pakistan.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but analysts say it appears to be an attempt to prevent peace talks between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

India’s Russian-made fleet of fighter jets and attack helicopters flies from the base.

Officials said the gunmen managed to enter the Pathankot Air Base in India’s northwestern state of Punjab before dawn on Saturday.

Several other military personnel, injured during an operation to clear gunmen from the base, have been taken to hospital.

Saturday’s (January 2) attack comes one week after India’s prime minister met his Pakistani counterpart to revive bilateral talks previously derailed by militant attacks.

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