Bag found near Mamun army base triggers terror fears

Pathankot in Punjab was put on high alert after the state police found an abandoned bag in Mamun army base camp containing army fatigues on Monday.

Media reports said a local resident informed the police about the bag following which a search operation was conducted in the city and Mamoon Cantonment.

“We conducted a search operation along with army officials here to look for any suspicious person,” the official said.

“Five shirts and two pairs of trousers were found in a wheat flour bag at a secluded place near Defence Road,” the official added.

A similar incident in May 2015 had been followed by a car hijacking and attack on a police station by three heavily-armed terrorists wearing army fatigues in Dinanagar town of Gurdaspur district. They killed seven persons, including a superintendent of police, before being themselves gunned down.

Mamoon Cantt is about 10 km from the Pathankot air force station and 35-40 km from the international border.