Hindon air base
[Representational Image] An Indian Air Force (IAF) jet has crashed during take off at the Kalaikunda Air Force Station located in Kharagpur in West Bengal. Picture: Indian Air Force (IAF) surface to air missiles are displayed, as an IAF IL-76 aircraft configured with the new AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control Systems) prepares to land, during a full-dress rehearsal for Indian Air Force Day celebrations at the Hindon air force station on the outskirts of New Delhi October 6, 2009.Reuters

The Indian Air Force conducted a mock drill at the Hindon airbase near Delhi on Friday, days after the arrest of Jaish-e-Mohammed terror suspects revealed a plot to launch an attack at the air force station in Ghaziabad on the lines of the Pathankot terror attack. An alert had also been sounded at the airbase after two unidentified men were reportedly spotted near the station on Thursday night.  

The alert at the Hindon airbase led to the temporary closure of two Kendriya Vidyalaya schools on the premises as a precautionary measure, the Hindustan Times reported. One of the men who tried to enter the airbase has been detained, the daily said. 

Earlier this week, the three terror suspects who were arrested by the Delhi police from in and around the national capital had reportedly revealed a plot to launch an attack at the Hindon air force base, just like JeM terrorists had done at the Pathankot airbase in January. The terror cell had also planned attacks on malls in Delhi. 

Following the Pathankot terror attack, the Defence Ministry had issued "shoot at sight" orders at about 20 Indian Air Force (IAF) bases under the Western Command, which also includes the Hindon airbase. 

According to the Times of India, the Indian Air Force conducted a mock drill at the Hindon airbase on Friday to prepare for a possible strike. 

The special cell of the Delhi Police detained 13 people in Uttar Pradesh and the national capital this week, and also recovered bomb-making material during the raid. 

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