Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said "enemies of humanity" who could not digest India's progress carried out the attack in Pathankot. Defence forces have the strength to defeat "the evil designs of our enemy", he said. "Our security forces did not let them succeed. I am proud of our jawans and security forces," he said in Mysore, referring to a today's terrorist attack on the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot in Punjab.
The fierce gunbattle claimed the lives of three security men, while five infiltrators were killed, officials said.The terror strike came just days after PM Modi's surprise stopover in Lahore in an effort to improve relations with Pakistan. "Today, enemies of humanity who can't see India progress tried to strike at our strategic area, a prominent air base at Pathankot. I appreciate our armed forces and thank them for foiling our enemy's attempt," PM Modi said.
"I want to assure our countrymen that our armed forces have the strength to defeat the evil designs of our enemy," he said.
Congratulating the armed forces "who are always ready to protect the country", he said if the country stands in unison, the "ill-will of our enemies will get destroyed". "I feel proud of our armed forces," said the Prime Minister in his speech at the birth centenary celebrations of Dr Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji of Suttur Mutt.
PM Modi, on a two-day visit to Karnataka, will inaugurate the annual Indian Science Congress in Mysore tomorrow and will also lay the foundation stone for a helicopter manufacturing facility of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in Tumkur district.