Terrorists might launch attack ahead of Republic Day: Army

The Army on Thursday warned that terrorists might try to carry out attacks ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to India later this month.

Terrorists might launch attack ahead of Republic Day: Army
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New Delhi: The Army on Thursday warned that terrorists might try to carry out attacks ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to India later this month.

Lt Gen KH Singh, General Officer Commanding (GoC) of Army's 16 Corps, today revealed there are inputs that terrorists might try to attack soft targets including schools and civilian areas ahead of the US President's visit.

Army camps and important highways are also on the radar of terrorists, Lt Gen Singh added.

According to him, there is every possibility that Pakistan will try to divert some of the fringe elements of the home-grown terrorist outfits to the Indian side.

He said nearly 200 militants in 36 launch pads across the Pir Panjal range are waiting to infiltrate into India.

He however added that situation along the Line of Control (LoC), south of Pir Panjal, has been by and large peaceful at least for the last two months or so.

“Our counter-infiltration posture is firmly in place, infiltration bids will be eliminated if any attempt is made,” Lt Gen Singh said. “The Indian Army remains prepared all the time for any eventuality, for anything that may unfold,” he assured.

According to officer, terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) remains intact. This is also what Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag has stated, he added.

The Pakistani security establishment is currently tackling its own home-grown terrorists, he said further.

The Army Chief also said today that the recent terror attacks in the country show the support to terrorism from across the border is intact.

While saying the Army has to ensure peace in Jammu and Kashmir, Gen Suhag added that the Army's job was to fight wars and be prepared for them.

Meanwhile, sources said intelligence agencies are tracking the movement of two to three Lashkar-e-Toiba suicide bombers who have managed to infiltrate into J&K with the help of the Pakistani Army.

Also, Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured that maximum security arrangements are being put in place for President Obama's visit in view of reports that terrorists could strike ahead of his trip.

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