New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday praised the security forces for foiling a major terrorist attack at an Indian Air Force (IAF) base near Pathankot in Punjab.

“Proud of our Jawans and security forces,” a tweet from PMO India quoted Modi as saying in Mysuru.

“Enemies of humanity who can’t see India progress, such elements attacked in Pathankot but our security forces did not let them succeed,” Modi added.

Five terrorists, suspected to be from Pakistan, were killed in a gunfight that lasted nearly 15 hours after they breached a high-security cordon and entered a frontline IAF base near Pathankot town in northern Punjab early on Saturday to carry out a fidayeen attack, police said.

At least three IAF personnel were killed and four others injured in the attack that began around 3.30 a.m. The counter-offensive lasted nearly 15 hours.

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