High alert at Pathankot airbase after blasts

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Apart from Punjab Police, personnel of the Border Security Force and other security agencies have been put on alert following intelligence inputs…reports Asian Lite News.

Security agencies were put on high alert in border areas of Punjab, mainly the Pathankot airbase, on Sunday after two explosions occurred at the Air Force Station in Jammu.

Security was stepped up, particularly in border districts of Pathankot and Gurdaspur, including near Indian Air Force base in Pathankot that saw the terror attack on January 2, 2016, as well as nearby Mamoon Cantonment of the Indian Army, officials told.

India’s international border with Pakistan falls in both the districts adjoining Jammu and Kashmir.

Apart from Punjab Police, personnel of the Border Security Force and other security agencies have been put on alert following intelligence inputs.

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There were two bomb blasts at the station on Sunday morning which security agencies suspect were carried out by using drones.

Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar had held a review meeting over the twin blasts.

The meeting was attended by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), National Security Guard (NSG), Indian Air Force (IAF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Director Airport, DIG Central Kashmir Range and SSP Budgam to discuss security situation at airport and countermeasures.

According to the Indian Air Force (IAF), one of the blasts caused minor damage to the roof of a building, while the other exploded in an open area.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Vice Air Chief, Air Marshal HS Arora earlier today regarding the incident and informed that Air Marshal Vikram Singh would soon reach Jammu to take stock of the blasts.

Meanwhile, Jammu airport officials said that all flight operations are normal and 16 flights scheduled for the day departing to Delhi, Srinagar, Leh and Gwalior.

Only two flights G8 185 and SG 963 cancelled for the day due to operational reasons, they added. (IANS/ANI)

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