Indian troops were still battling at least two gunmen Sunday night at an air force base near the border with Pakistan,
more than a day and a half after the compound came under attack, a top
government official said. At least seven troops and four gunmen have
been killed in the fighting so far.
The two suspected militants were discovered shortly after noon Sunday and hours later appeared to have been cornered, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi told reporters, adding that he expected the gunmen to be "neutralized" soon.
in Iran, angered by the execution by Saudi Arabia of a prominent Shiite
cleric, broke into the Saudi embassy in Tehran early Sunday, setting
fires and throwing papers from the roof, Iranian media reported.
The semiofficial ISNA news agency said the country's top police official, Gen. Hossein Sajedinia, rushed to the scene and police worked to disperse the crowd outraged by the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Shiite leaders in Iran and other countries across theMiddle Eastswiftly condemned Riyadh and warned of sectarian backlash.
Suspected militants infiltrated an Indian air force base near the border with Pakistan
and fought security forces for hours, leaving at least four gunmen and
two Indian troops dead in what is being seen as a possible attempt to
undo recent progress in relations between the two rival countries.
The attack Saturday at the Pathankot air force base in Punjab came just a week after the first visit toPakistanin 12 years by an Indian prime minister. Police said they were investigating whether the gunmen came from the Indian portion of Kashmir, where rebels routinely stage attacks, or from Pakistan.