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Pakistan government should 'control' terrorists: Parkash Singh Badal

PTI 02 Jan 2016, 18:35:10 IST

Pathankot: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said Pakistan government should "control" terror activities, asserting that those who have carried out the attack came from across the border.

"These people come from across the border. It is the responsibility of the Pakistan government to control them (militants) so that such things (terror attack) do not occur," Badal said while reacting to the terror attack in Pathankot here.

Five-time CM said there was a timely alert. "Otherwise, the damage could have been more." The forces were giving strong reply to the attack, he added.

An alarm had been sounded about today's attack yesterday.

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Anticipating an attack after some armed men abducted an SP of Punjab Police on Thursday night, a team of NSG commandos had been rushed here last night itself after the NSA held a series of meetings with the Army Chief and top IB officials yesterday.

An army detachment was also positioned at the Air base, the sources said.

Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh and his two associates were abducted and thrashed by 4-5 suspected Pakistani terrorists in army uniform before being dumped some distance away.

In a pre-dawn attack, a group of heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists, suspected to belong to Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit, struck at an Air Force base here in Punjab, leading to a fierce gunbattle in which three security personnel were killed along with four attackers.