Shootout at space centre

BANGALORE: Paramilitary police guarding a space centre in southern India today exchanged fire with two men who were acting suspiciously near the facility, an official said.

The shootout occurred in the early hours at the Deep Space

Network in Byalalu, about 40 km from Bangalore, when the guards challenged two men, one of whom began firing a handgun.

“In retaliation, our guards fired at the suspects who fled,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) director S Satish told AFP.

“It’s too early to talk of (a) terror angle,” Kamal Panth, inspector general of police for the Bangalore region, told AFP.