Drone Attack: Pathankot on high alert

SSP Surendra Lamba said all vital installation, including the ammunition depot, Mamun cantonment and the Air Force station had been provided with extra security cover.

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Pathankot district has been placed on a high alert after two explosive-laden drones crashed into the Air Force station in Jammu last night. SSP Surendra Lamba said all vital installation, including the ammunition depot, Mamun cantonment and the Air Force station had been provided with extra security cover.

Gurdaspur SSP Nanak Singh said security had been beefed up in all border villages of this district. Recently, MP Sunny Deol had urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to establish an NSG centre in the city.

The police have reasons to be on alert as the local air force station had come under a fierce attack from four Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists on January 2, 2016. Later, all four insurgents were killed by NSG commandos who were specially flown in from New Delhi on the intervening night of January 1 and 2.

On December 31, 2015, an SP-rank officer Salwinder Singh was allegedly kidnapped by four militants on the outskirts of Pathankot. They had entered the city through Bamiyal, a village located near the International Border (IB), before making their way into the Air Force station. A day before the attack, intelligence agencies, working on firm inputs, informed highly placed officials in New Delhi about the probability of an attack following which a planeload of NSG commandoes was dispatched to the Air Force station on the intervening night of January 1 and 2, 2016. Later, all the four terrorists were gunned down in a 48 hour long gunfight.

Earlier, on June 27, 2015, three Lashkar-e-Taiba militants had entered the Dinanagar police station in Gurdaspur district and started indiscriminate firing. Seven persons, including SP Baljeet Singh, were killed before the SWAT team of the Punjab Police entered the police station and killed the militants.

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