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Security tightened in Pathankot after IS threat to blow up rail stations

In 2016, an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot in Punjab was attacked by JeM terrorists in which six soldiers and an officer were killed before the terrorists were eliminated.

india Updated: May 27, 2019 17:10 IST
Vinay Dhingra
Vinay Dhingra
Hindustan Times, Pathankot
Islamic State,Terror threat,Pathankot
Indian Army personnel patrol near the Air Force Base in Pathankot on January 2, 2016 during an attack on the base by terrorists.(AFP FILE PHOTO)

The Government Railway Police (GRP) has tightened security of both Pathankot City and Pathankot Cantonment railway stations in Punjab after the Islamic State reportedly threatened to blow up the stations.

Kuldip Singh, a GRP officer told reporters that the force was taking extra precautions following the threat on Saturday.

He said that passengers entering and exiting the stations were under surveillance and vehicles parked outside the railway stations were being scanned as a precautionary measure.

Pathankot’s Senior Superintendent of Police Vivek Sheel Soni that Punjab

Police are already on high alert.

Last week, India tightened security along the Kerala coast following intelligence reports that boast reportedly carrying 15 Islamic State terrorists trying to cross to Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands in a white boat.

Pathankot was the target of a terror attack in 2016 when the Indian Air Force base was attacked by terrorists of the Jaish-e-Mohammad who had infiltrated from Pakistan. They killed six soldiers and an officer before they were neutralized after a four-day operation by the army.

The airbase which is located near the Cantonment railway is a frontline fighter base of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

First Published: May 27, 2019 16:51 IST