Officials: Indian air force base attack leaves 4 gunmen, 2 troops dead

January 2, 2016 4:44 PM

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PATHANKOT, INDIA — Suspected militants infiltrated an Indian air force base near the border with Pakistan on Saturday and exchanged fire with security forces for hours, leaving at least four gunmen and two Indian troops dead, officials and news reports said.

Although it was unclear who staged the attack, it was being seen as a possible attempt to undo recent progress made in relations between rivals India and Pakistan, coming just a week after the first visit to Pakistan in 12 years by an Indian prime minister.

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