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Pathankot on high alert after local claims seeing two suspects carrying weapons

According to reports, the resident claimed to have dropped the two suspects on Sunday night at a place near Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pathankot on high alert after local claims seeing two suspects carrying weapons
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Security forces on Monday put Pathankot district in Punjab on high alert after reports said two people carrying weapons were spotted in the area.

According to a report in the Hindustan Times, two men in Army fatigues stopped a local at 11 pm on Sunday near Bamiyal village and drove away with his car after threatening him. The car was later found parked near Fatehpur village in Punjab, the Hindustan Times reported. “My team and I have been searching the area and have sealed the Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir border and every vehicle is being checked,” Pathankot Senior Superintendent of Police Vivek Sheel Soni told the newspaper.

However, according to a report in PTI, a local had given a lift to two heavily armed people on Sunday night. The local claimed that the two suspects had gotten down at a place near Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, the police said.

In July 2015, three heavily-armed terrorists wearing fatigues had stormed a police station in Dinanagar town of Gurdaspur district and killed seven persons. In January 2016, seven security personnel were killed after militants attacked the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot on January 2, 2016.

The Punjab Police has since provided nine bulletproof tractors to security personnel in Gurdaspur and Pathankot districts, PTI reported.

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