Five gunmen, 2 soldiers killed in attack on Indian air base

Five gunmen and at least two Indian soldiers killed in shootout at Indian Air Force base in Punjab near Pakistan border

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Police personnel stand guard following what officials said was an attack on an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot on Saturday near the border with Pakistan, in Pathankot, Punjab state, India, in this still frame taken from video, January 2, 2016

Five gunmen and at least two Indian troops have been killed in an attack on an Indian Air Force base near the Pakistan border early on Saturday morning, security officials said.   

Officials said shoutout ensued after the gunmen managed to enter the Pathankot airbase in northwestern state of Punjab.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet some officials said they believe that the attack may have been carried out by the Jaish-e-Mohammed militant group which is active in the Kashmir region. 

"They are heavily armed and the attack is aimed to cause maximum damage to the equipment at the station but we have been successful so far," an unnamed official said.

"We believe they are Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists."

The attack came just a week after India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unscheduled visit to meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan.

The two leaders are looking to revive dialogue in order to end insurgency in the region.  

India accuses Pakistan for backing insurgency to merge with Pakistan however Islamabad denies all claims of India.

More than 68,000 people have been killed so far since the violence began in 1989.

TRTWorld and agencies