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Terrorists might spillover to Himachal, says Army

Source: PTI
August 19, 2008 16:21 IST
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Alerted by intelligence reports over a possible spillover of terrorist activities into Himachal Pradesh, army has mounted a strict vigil along Chamba district and certain areas along the Jammu and Kashmir-HP border.

Defence spokesman Lieutenant Colonel SD Goswami said, "There are intelligence reports that terrorists are planning to enter Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh."

He told PTI that intelligence intercepts indicated that terrorists were under pressure due to counter insurgency operations by the army in neighbouring Jammu and Kashmir.

Goswami said that army has stepped up vigilance along the roads and interiors of Chamba district alongwith other security forces deployed in the area and is also taking measures to pre-empt possible terrorist movement in Himachal territory.

Chamba borders Jammu's Doda and Kathua districts, which have been operational hubs and safe havens for terrorists. Militants had sneaked into Himachal's Chamba district in 1998, 1999 and 2003 and engineered three attacks.
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