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BSF put on high alert post twin blasts in Bangladesh

By Ians English

Shillong, March 26: The Border Security Force has been put on high alert along the India-Bangladesh border following twin blasts in Bangladesh's Sylhet city, an official said on Sunday.


"Our troopers are on high alert along the India-Bangladesh after a series of blasts in Bangladesh," BSF Inspector General, Meghalaya frontier P.K. Dubey told IANS.

BSF officials have shared intelligence inputs with Meghalaya Police following the explosions, he added.

"We are not taking any chances with such activities and all necessary measures have been taken to prevent perpetrators from entering our side of the border," Dubey said.

The six dead in the two blasts on Saturday near a militant hideout in Sylhet includes two Bangladesh police officials. The blasts came a day after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a security checkpoint near the Dhaka airport in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

A Meghalaya Police official also said that they had also taken necessary measures.

"We have instructed our personnel posted close to the border to remain and to keep strict vigil in close coordination with the BSF," the official said.

India has a 1,880 km border with Bangladesh along four states -- Tripura (856 km), Assam (263 km), Meghalaya (443 km), and Mizoram (318 km).


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