Indian forces kill sixth attacker, work to secure air base

PATHANKOT, India— An Indian official says six gunmen who attacked an air force base near the country's border with Pakistan have been killed, and that an operation is underway to secure the compound.

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Seven Indian troops were also killed in the attack.

Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar also said Tuesday 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 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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