Indian troops battle militants at key air force base

NEW DELHI — Fresh gunshots were heard from inside an air force base in northern India on Monday as troops continued to try to clear the area of militants for a third day.

At least seven troops and five militants have been killed in the fighting. Authorities said it was not immediately clear how many militants were still hiding inside the compound. Air force helicopters flew all night to assist the operations on the ground in Pathankot, a front-line air base near India’s border with Pakistan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting with top security and diplomatic officials late Sunday to discuss the situation, even as criticism mounted that his surprise visit to Pakistan last week had yielded few positive results. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON WASHINGTON POST

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