Pathankot on alert af­ter a res­i­dent claims sight­ing sus­pected ter­ror­ists

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA -

Chandi­garh: Se­cu­rity forces on Mon­day put the city of Pathankot in Pun­jab on high alert af­ter a lo­cal claimed to have given lift to two sus­pected ter­ror­ists.

The lo­cal claimed that he gave lift to two men on Sun­day night. The duo got down at a place nearby Kathua re­gion in neigh­bour­ing Jammu and Kash­mir, the po­lice said.

“We are on alert and the mat­ter is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated. A lo­cal told us that he gave lift to two youths. The lo­cal felt that the duo could be ter­ror sus­pects as they were ap­par­ently car­ry­ing weapons and got down at a place nearby Kathua,” Pathankot SSP Vivek Sheel Soni said.

“At this stage, we are treat­ing the two as pos­si­ble sus­pects and pro­ceed­ing ac­cord­ingly,” he said.

The Pathankot po­lice has been check­ing ve­hi­cles at key places.

No­tably, the Pun­jab Po­lice has pro­vided nine bul­let­proof trac­tors to Gur­daspur and Pathankot dis­tricts to deal with any such threat.

Di­nana­gar in Gur­daspur and the Air Force base in Pathankot were at­tacked by ter­ror­ists on two oc­ca­sions ear­lier — in July 2015 and Jan 2016, re­spec­tively.—PTI

File photo of forces in ac­tion dur­ing an at­tack on Pathankot IAF base

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