Troops hunt for 2 more ‘terrorists’
GURDASPUR: Security personnel including an Israel-trained SWAT team spilled into the fields and byways of Punjab’s Pandher village on Thursday to flush out two suspected militants, with authorities fearing an attack on a key military facility days after a terror siege at the nearby Pathankot airbase.
Senior superintendent of police Gurpreet Singh Toor confirmed that government forces were prepared for an offensive a day after locals reported seeing two men in military fatigues acting suspiciously near the army cantonment in Gurdaspur district. When confronted, the men took cover in a sugarcane field, witnesses said.
“A drone helped locate their exact location and by Thursday afternoon, the army and police teams took position,” a police source said. Soldiers concealed themselves on rooftops, behind trees and at a brick kiln as armoured vehicles and mortar guns rolled into the village in the afternoon.
A helicopter had conducted a surveillance sortie earlier in the day. “We are not taking any chances. We are not ruling out anything,” said Punjab Police DIG (border range) Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh.
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