Four suspected militants hijack car at gunpoint in Punjab, evoke Pathankot-like attack fear; police launch search ops

Chandigarh: A massive search operation is on in the frontier areas in Punjab on Wednesday after four suspected militants hijacked a taxi at gunpoint causing fears of a Pathankot airbase-like attack that took place in 2016.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

"The taxi, a silver-coloured Toyota Innova, was initially hired by the four men from Jammu. They had booked it for Pathankot. Near Madhopur, they aimed a gun at the driver and threw him out of the car and took off," the police said.

The taxi driver, with the help of passersbys, later informed the police.

The Punjab Police and Jammu and Kashmir Police have launched a search operation in the Madhopur area and surroundings. Other security agencies were also put on high alert.

The Pathankot airbase of the Indian Air Force (IAF) was attacked by militants, suspected to be from Pakistan on 2 January, 2016. Seven people were killed in that attack.

The area has defence establishments, including the frontier IAF base in Pathankot and the nearby Mamun Cantonment of the Army.

Prior to the attack on the IAF base in 2016, suspected Pakistani militants had carried out an attack on Dinanagar town in neighbouring Gurdaspur district.

The Dinanagar terror attack took place on 27 July, 2015 when three Pakistani militants entered from the border belt.

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Updated Date: Nov 14, 2018 19:16:23 IST

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