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Alert sounded in Punjab’s Pathankot after Jammu Air Force station explosion

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Chandigarh: An alert has been sounded in Punjab’s border district of Pathankot on Sunday after two explosives-laden drones crashed into the high-security Indian Air Force station at Jammu airport, officials said.

Tight vigil is being maintained near key installations in Pathankot, they said.

Five years ago, the Pathankot Air Force base had come under a militant attack.

Patrolling has been strengthened near sensitive areas in and around Pathankot and additional forces have been deployed, police said.

“We are on our guard in view of the situation. Whenever there is an incident of this kind, maximum alert is sounded in neighbouring areas,” Pathankot’s Senior Superintendent of Police, Surendra Lamba, said when asked if additional security measures have been put in place in wake of the Jammu incident.

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

Checking of vehicles headed to Jammu and entering Pathankot from J&K side has been intensified, Lamba said.

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