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02January 2016

NEW DELHI: Home minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said India will not tolerate any terror attack and will give a "befitting response".

His comment came after four terrorists were killed in an attack on the Panthankot air force base in Punjab early Saturday. Singh said the nation wants good and friendly relations with every country, including Pakistan. "Pakistan is our neighbour, we want peace, but any terror attack on India will get a befitting response," he said.

He lauded the efforts of the army, saying forces were giving a "befitting response". Earlier, four terrorists were killed following an attack on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot district of Punjab early Saturday. Reports also said two IAF security personnel were killed and four others were injured in the terror attack that started around 3.30am.

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar, who is in Goa, was monitoring the situation and was in touch with Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and other officers, the ministry sources meanwhile told IANS, adding Parrikar will reach Delhi soon. National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval was also monitoring the terror attack from New Delhi, sources said. The IAF base is around 250 km Chandigarh and about 30 km from the border area with Pakistan. Police have cordoned off the area and army has been called in. The number of terrorists, who were in army fatigues, were reported to be around four to six.

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