Four, not six, terrorists were involved in Pathankot attack, clarifies MHA

MHA was left red-faced in the Lok Sabha, when it changed a previous statement to say that four and not six terrorists had attacked the Pathankot air force station


Replying to Congress Member of Parliament Ravneet Singh, minister of state for home affairs Hansraj Ahir  told the House of the number of terrorists who had entered Punjab during the Pathankot attack. Photo: PTI
Replying to Congress Member of Parliament Ravneet Singh, minister of state for home affairs Hansraj Ahir told the House of the number of terrorists who had entered Punjab during the Pathankot attack. Photo: PTI

New Delhi: Nearly a year after the Pathankot attack, the ministry of home affairs (MHA) was left red-faced in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, when it changed a previous statement to say that four and not six terrorists had attacked the air force station.

While home minister Rajnath Singh had said in March that there were six terrorists involved in the 2-6 January attack, minister of state for home affairs Hansraj Ahir clarified on Tuesday that there were only “four men.”

Replying to Congress Member of Parliament Ravneet Singh, the minister told the House of the number of terrorists who had entered Punjab during the Pathankot attack, the route used by them as well as the details of terrorists killed and arrested along with the weapons seized from them.

“Four Pakistan-based terrorists entered Punjab via Janial road Dhusi turn near Ravi river bridge and attacked Air Force Station at Pathankot. All these terrorists were neutralised by security forces. The security forces recovered four AK-47 rifles, three pistols, seven pistol magazines, one under barrel grenade launcher, 40 hand grenades and one dagger,” Ahir informed the Lok Sabha.

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