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Pathankot: Security lapses led to the IAF Base terror attack due to which seven security personnel and six terrorists died, admitted Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar  on Tuesday.

Parrikar also told the media after visiting the base that combing operations were still going on but “this is only for safety purposes” and that no more terrorists were believed hidden in the huge complex.

Some gaps led to security lapses, leading to the pre-dawn terror attack on Saturday, the minister said. He did not elaborate.

“What is worrying is how they (terrorists) entered the base,” he added.

Parrikar visited the Pathankot Indian Air Force base in Punjab on Tuesday along with the chiefs of the army and air force.

The head of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the audacious terrorist strike, also visited the base separately.

“Combing operations are (still) going on,” Parrikar said. “This is only for safety purposes.”

He said the body of one of the terrorists still had a suicide vest, with a grenade sticking out.

“I am very, very clear that they (our officers) should not take any risk,” he said, recalling how a National Security Guard (NSG) officer lost his life earlier while trying to reportedly shift a similar body.

Parrikar admitted that the entire operation “is a very difficult” one.

“It is tedious. This has been done without compromising any assets… Not just the strategic assets but even a building.”

He said barring one building where the terrorists took shelter, no other building was even damaged because the security personnel managed to corner the raiders in a corner of the sprawling base.

He said the terrorists had AK-47 rifles, pistols, Swiss knives, commando knives besides 40-50 kg of bullets. They also had improvised mortars. “They had high-quality explosives.”

The minister said the NIA had started an investigation into the attack. He said it would find out “who sent them”.

“They have got initial leads, where they have come from, how they have come.”(IANS)

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A Health Application Launched By The Indian Air Force

The 'MedWatch', is first such health app to be built by any of the three armed forces.

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FILE - A woman poses for a photograph next to an Indian Air Force (IAF) light utility helicopter on display at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru, February 18, 2015. Image source: Reuters

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has launched a mobile health app to provide health information to the users, including first-aid and other health and nutritional topics, Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday.

The ‘MedWatch’ was launched on Monday on the occasion of IAF’s 86th anniversary and was conceived by the the doctors of IAF and developed in-house by Directorate of Information Technology (DIT) “with Zero financial outlay”.

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IAF jet crashed in West Bengal. Image Source: Hindustan Times

“‘MedWatch’ will provide correct, Scientific and authentic health information to airwarriors and all citizens of India.

“The app is available on www.apps.mgov.gov.in and comprises host of features like information on basic First Aid, health topics and nutritional facts; reminders for timely Medical Review, vaccination and utility tools like Health Record Card, BMI calculator, helpline numbers and web links,” the ministry said in a statement.

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The ‘MedWatch’, it added, is first such health app to be built by any of the three armed forces. (IANS)

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