Germany, Australia, Indonesia condemn Pathankot attack

| Friday, January 8, 2016 - 17:19
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Pathankot attack

Several countries have condemned terror attacks on the Pathankot IAF base

New Delhi: Germany, Australia and Indonesia condemned terror attacks on the IAF base in Pathankot town of Punjab and an attack on the Indian consulate in Afghanistan, external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted on Friday.

"We condemn the terrorist attacks on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot and on the Indian consulate in Mazar-e-sharif. The perpetrators must be hunted and those responsible must be held accountable," the German statement said.

"Australian FM (Foreign Minister Julie Bishop) writes to EAM (External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj), condemns terrorist attack in Pathankot, says Australia stands in solidarity with victims of terorism," external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted.

In a separate tweet, he said Indonesia has also condemned all acts of terrorism.

Extending condolences, the Indonesian statement said that "this heinous crime cannot be justified under any pretext and justification".

Seven security personnel were killed in the January 2 attack on the Pathankot Air Force Station. Six terrorists, suspected to be from Pakistan, were later killed by security personnel.

On Sunday night, the terrorists attacked the Indian consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif in Balkh province of northern Afghanistan. The attackers carried heavy ammunitions like RPGs, Swarup confirmed at a media briefing here on Thursday.

After being kept at bay by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) posted at the consulate, all the four terrorists were later killed by the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF).

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