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Jammu highway on alert as Punjab air force base attack kills 6

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High alert was sounded on Pathankot-Jammu highway on Saturday after terror attack in neighbouring Punjab reports, NDTV.
“High alert has been sounded in Kathua district and entry into the state from neighbouring Punjab at Lakhanpur is being monitored and checked”, said a senior police officer in winter capital Jammu.
Indian defence sources said army has been moved out on the highway to ensure no militant was able to sneak into Jammu and Kahsmir.“There is a general alert on the international border (IB) in Kathua district and Border Security Force troops guarding the IB have been ordered to be extra vigilant”, the officer confirmed.
After news about the terror attack near Pathankot Air Force station in Punjab spread in Kathua, Samba and Jammu districts very few vehicles ventured on the Jammu-Pathankot highway in the morning.
There have been terror attacks in the past where militants high jacked vehicles on the highway to carry out strikes against civilians and security forces.
Four gunmen have been killed as the Indian military thwarted a pre-dawn attack on an air force base near the border with Pakistan, officials say.
Two soldiers at the Pathankot base were also killed in a gun battle lasting several hours.
The base is on the main highway leading to Indian-administered Kashmir.
The incident came days after the Indian and Pakistani leaders Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif met in Lahore to launch a surprise peace initiative.
The whole of India’s Punjab state has been placed on alert.
Militant allegation
The gunmen wore Indian military uniforms and drove a hijacked car when they launched the attack at 03:30 (22:00 GMT Friday).
They entered living quarters at the base, but were contained there and so were unable to cause any damage to military hardware, said air force spokeswoman Rochelle D’Silva.
The BBC’s Sanjoy Majumder in Delhi says it is not yet clear who the attackers were but suspicion is already falling on Kashmiri militant groups based in Pakistan.
However the AFP news agency quoted an unnamed security official as saying he believed the attackers to be from the Jaish-e-Mohammed group.
India says the group is backed by Pakistan, but Islamabad denies this.
In August seven people were killed in a similar attack when gunmen stormed a police station in nearby Gurdaspur district.
The three attackers in Gurdaspur were killed after a 12-hour standoff with police.
Pathankot air force base is about 430km (270 miles) north of the Indian capital, Delhi and is on the road linking Indian-administered Kashmir with the rest of the country.
Indian-administered Kashmir has seen a long-running insurgency against rule from Delhi, and Kashmir has been a flashpoint in relations between Pakistan and India for nearly 70 years since independence. – BBC News

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