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India gunmen attack bus before besieging police station

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At least four people reportedly killed as unknown gunmen storm police station in Punjab state.

Gunmen have fired at a bus station and entered police barracks on the outskirts of a northern town bordering Pakistan, reportedly killing at least four people.

A police spokesman in the northern state of Punjab said the siege was ongoing on Monday morning and added that the attackers may be holding people hostage.

“The exchange of fire is still on between the security forces who have reached the spot, including the army,” local police spokesman Rajvinder Singh told AFP news agency by phone from the town of Gurdaspur.

“We are also not sure if the attackers inside the police station are holding some hostages. It is a live, developing situation.” he added.

Increased border security:

It remained unclear who was behind the assault on the police station.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he had ordered increased security on the border with Pakistan after the incident.

The incident comes weeks after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif spoke for about an hour during a summit in Russia, raising hopes of an improvement in perennially difficult relations. (Agencies)