Two men fire at ISRO security personnel in Bangalore, flee

Two men fire at ISRO security personnel in Bangalore, flee
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First Published: Tue, Mar 16 2010. 11 53 AM IST
Updated: Tue, Mar 16 2010. 11 53 AM IST
Bangalore: Two persons moving around in a suspicious manner near a key Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) facility on the outskirts of the city fired at security personnel in the wee hours on Tuesday after which the guards retaliated but the duo escaped.
The home ministry sees Isro buildings as a high priority target for terrorists, and has beefed up security around them after warnings of possible attacks.
Police said it was “too early to speak of a terror link”.
“It’s a sensitive case, we are looking at all angles. We have launched a combing operation,” said Kamal Panth, inspector general of police, Bangalore rural.
India has raised security in the aftermath of a bombing that killed 16 people in Pune last month. Home secretary Gopal Pillai told Reuters on Monday that attack was carried out by home-grown militants with links to terrorists in Pakistan. [
New Delhi has repeatedly accused Pakistan of failing to stop terrorists from carrying out attacks inside India.
India and Pakistan held their first official level talks since the 2008 Mumbai attacks last month. Analysts say another major attack on India could make it politically difficult for New Delhi to engage Pakistan and impact regional security.
Earlier, a spokesman for the Isro said the shootout continued for some time.
“Two people were seen moving in a suspicious manner outside our centre,” Isro spokesman S. Satish said.
“The police immediately challenged them, and they opened fire in retaliation.”
Police said they had launched a search for the two men who fled after the shootout.
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First Published: Tue, Mar 16 2010. 11 53 AM IST