2 January 2016

India air force base attack leaves 4 gunmen, 2 troops dead

Indian security forces stand outside an Indian air force base in Pathankot, 430 kilometers (267 miles) north of New Delhi, India, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. Gunmen attacked the air force base near the border with Pakistan on Saturday morning and exchanged fire with security forces, officials said.
Suspected militants entered 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.
The attack, which was seen as an attempt to undo recent progress made in relations between rivals India and Pakistan, began a couple of hours before dawn, and by late morning it appeared that the violence had ended with the killing of the gunmen by Indian forces. But just two hours later, fresh gunfire erupted.

Gunmen attack Indian air base near Pakistan border; 2 killed

At least four gunmen entered an Indian air force base near the border with Pakistan on Saturday morning and exchanged fire with security forces, leaving two of them dead, officials said.
The gunmen entered the living quarters section of the Pathankot air force base, about 430 kilometers (267 miles) north of New Delhi, but were not able to penetrate the area with fighter helicopters and other equipment, said air force spokeswoman Rochelle D'Silva.

Iceland's president not seeking re-election after 20 years

Iceland's long-serving president says he will not be seeking re-election this year after leading the country for 20 years.

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson said in his New Year's speech on Friday that it was the right time to step down because many political uncertainties — including Iceland's application for European Union membership and its recovery from economic collapse — have been resolved.