September 20, 2019 | 3:02 PM IST
terror attack

Army finds abandoned boats in Sir Creek; southern states could be targets

The Southern Army Commander Lieutenant General SK Saini on Monday warned of possible terror attacks in Southern states –especially Kerala – after some boats were found abandoned at Sir Creek region in Gujarat’s Rann of Kutch. The intelligence agencies sounded an alert about a possible attack by Pakistan-backed terrorists in the state via sea route.
“We are taking precautions to ensure that designs of inimical elements and terrorists are stalled,” Saini said.

The warning comes on the backdrop of an ongoing war-of-words between India and Pakistan over Kashmir issue. India's decision to abrogate Article 370 has resulted in a knee-jerk reaction from Pakistan which has left no stone unturned in its attempts to garner international support on the matter.
Meanwhile, Kerala police on Monday issued alerts to all districts across the state following Army's warning of a terror attack. Presently Onam festivities are being observed in the state which will conclude on September 13.

General of Police, Kerala Lokanath Behara has asked police officials to keep a strict vigil at public places. The cops are maintaining caution at crowded areas including bus stands, railway stations, airports, and shopping malls.

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