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Pathankot: High alert issued after local claims sighting suspected terrorists

16 Apr 2018 | By Rajashree Seal

Security forces today put the city of Pathankot in Punjab on high alert after a local claimed to have given a lift to two suspected terrorists.

The local claimed that he gave a lift to two men last night. The duo got down at a place nearby Kathua region in neighboring Jammu and Kashmir.

Pathankot police have been checking vehicles at key places.

In context: Pathankot on alert after local sighted suspected terrorists

16 Apr 2018Pathankot: High alert issued after local claims sighting suspected terrorists

InvestigationPolice treating the two as possible suspects and proceeding accordingly

"We're on alert and the matter is being investigated. A local told us that he gave lift to two youths. The local felt that the duo could be terror suspects as they're apparently carrying weapons and got down at a place nearby Kathua," Pathankot SSP Vivek Sheel Soni said.

"At this stage, we're treating the two as possible suspects and proceeding accordingly," he said.

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