Alert sounded in Pathankot, commandos deployed after Jammu Air Force base attack

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An alert was sounded in Punjab’s border district of Pathankot after two explosives-laden drones crashed into the high-security Indian Air Force station at Jammu airport, news agency PTI reported on Sunday.

Officials told the news agency that tight vigil was being maintained near key installations in Pathankot. The Pathankot air base had come under militant attack in 2016. According to the report, patrolling has been strengthened near sensitive areas in and around Pathankot and additional forces have been deployed.

Sharing the details about the additional security measures in wake of the Jammu incident, Pathankot SSP Surendra Lamba told PTI that personnel were on our guard in view of the situation. “Whenever there is an incident of this kind, maximum alert is sounded in neighbouring areas,” he said.

He said forces were checking vigorously inter-state border movement. “We have deployed additional forces also,” he said. Specialised commandos and SWAT teams of Punjab Police are being deployed strategically, he added.

Lamba also said that checking of vehicles headed to Jammu and entering Pathankot from J-K side has been intensified.

In the early hours of Sunday, the two drones crashed into the Air Force station at Jammu airport, leaving two IAF personnel injured in the explosions that took place around 1.40 am within six minutes of each other.

The first blast ripped off the roof of a single-storey building at the technical area of the airport manned by the Air Force. The second one was on the ground.

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