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Quake kills 'at least four people' in India's Manipur state

The earthquake stuck Manipur state in the early hours of Monday morning. Credit: RTV

At least four people have been killed and 100 injured by a 6.7 magnitude earthquake in northeastern India.

The quake struck at 04:35 local time near Imphal, the capital of Manipur state and close to the border with Myanmar, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Reports suggest at least four people were killed by the 6.7 magnitude quake. Credit: RTV

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a National Disaster Relief Force team had been sent to the remote region to assess the full extent of the damage.

He also tweeted that he has spoken to the Chief Minister of the state of Manipur, Okram Ibobi Singh, about the situation.


Indian consulate in Afghanistan under attack by gunmen

The Indian consulate in Afghanistan came under attack on Sunday as gunmen attempted to enter the compound following twin explosions, a spokesman for the local governor said.

Afghan security forces battled a group of gunmen near the consulate in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, officials said, as gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades rocked the surrounding area.

The attack, launched from a nearby house, came as Indian security forces were still trying to suppress an assault on an air base near the border withPakistan that has killed at least seven military personnel and wounded 20 others.

With an unknown number of gunmen holed up in the house across the street from the consulate, special forces units prepared an operation to clear the attackers, police spokesman Shir Jan Durani said.

No details were immediately available on any casualties or damage or on the number of attackers and there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Indian troops corner gunmen on air base

Soldiers are still fighting at least two gunmen at an air force base near the frontier with Pakistan, over 24 hours after the compound came under attack.

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 "neutralised" soon.

Gunman killed as clearance of India air base continues

The operation to clear the Pathankot base is continuing Credit: Reuters

Another gunman has been confirmed killed at the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot, according to an Indian interior ministry official, as an operation to clear militants from the base continues.

That brings the total number of assailants killed to six, but officials said the area was not yet fully under its control.

"The area cannot be declared fully sanitised," Air Marshal Anil Khosla told a news briefing in New Delhi.

Gunfire heard for second day in a row at Indian Air Force base

ndian security personnel stood guard outside the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot on Saturday after reports of gunfire Credit: REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta

Gunfire has reportedly been heard for a second day in a row coming from an Indian Air Force base near the Pakistani border.

According to Reuters a home ministry official said several blasts had been heard at the Pathankot air force base but could not confirm local TV reports that gunmen were still at large.

It comes the day after a pre-dawn raid on the base in which four attackers and six Indian military personnel were killed.


Report: Fresh gunfire at Indian Air Force base

Fresh gunfire has been heard at an Indian air force base which came under fire from armed gunmen earlier today, according to reports.

News agency The Associated Press tweeted that security forces were still "battling gunmen" at the Pathankot air force base which is near the border with Pakistan.

Gunmen attack Indian Air Force base

Indian troops have killed four gunmen who entered an air force base near the border with Pakistan and exchanged fire with security forces. At least two soldiers also died in the firefight.

Indian troop stand guard outside the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot. Credit: PA Wire

The gunmen entered the living quarters of the Pathankot air force base, about 267 miles north of New Delhi, said air force spokeswoman Rochelle D'Silva.

Pathankot, in Punjab state, is on the road that connects India's insurgency-wracked Jammu and Kashmir state with the rest of the country. It is also very close to India's border with rival Pakistan.

It comes as Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi made an impromptu visit to Pakistan in an attempt to revive political dialogue between the two countries in late December.

India's home minister Rajnath Singh said India wanted peace with Pakistan but "if there is any kind of terror attack on India, we will give it a fitting reply".

'Rat on a plane' forces flight to London to turn back

A rat was reportedly spotted on the flight from Mumbai to London Credit: PA

An Air India plane flying to London was forced to return to Mumbai after passengers spotted a rat onboard.

The airline said although the rat was not found the plane was returned due to passenger safety concerns. They were later transferred to a different aircraft.

Checks would have to be made to ensure the aircraft is rodent-free and the rat did not damage equipment or chew any wires, an official said.

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