READ ALSO: All we know so far about Pathankot terror attack At least four to five militants, believed to be from the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist group, in army fatigues launched the attack in the wee hours with an aim of destroying the air base, a top security official said.
Security forces are on the look out for a possible fifth terrorist so that no collateral damage is done, police said.
"The gunbattle between terrorists and security forces ended after more than five hours," Punjab Police ADGP (Law and Order) H S Dhillon.
"However, the area was not sanitised yet and the combing operation continues," he said.
The terrorists, with huge quantity of RDX in their possession, made their way to the base from the back side where there is a jungle, they said.
Authorities said helicopters and other equipment at the Air base are safe.
Police personnel stand guard on an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot on Saturday (Reuters Photo)PATHANKOT: Suspected Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists from Pakistan on Saturday attacked an Air Force base here, killing two air personnel while four terrorists were killed in an operation that lasted more than five hours, an attack that comes just a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unscheduled visit to Lahore.
Pathankot SSP R K Bakshi said four suspected militants were killed in the battle.In a boost to India's probe against Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed handlers in the attack on the Pathankot IAF base, the US has handed over evidence, comp- rising over 1,000 pages of chats and conversations between handler Kashif Jaan and the four fidayeen who were eventually killed, to the NIA.At least four to five militants, believed to be from the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist group, in army fatigues launched the attack in the early hours of Saturday with an aim of destroying the air base, a top security official said.The attackers were met with strong resistance from the security personnel, who were already alert to the possibility of an attack, top sources said in Delhi, adding that the terrorists, therefore, could not enter the air base and managed to reach only to the langer area on the outside. The intelligence had alerted about a possible terror attack in the area, officials said.Two jawans were also martyred and six sustained injuries.