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Gunfight near Indian space office

Isro office in Bangalore
The centre monitors space missions

Security forces and two unidentified men have exchanged gunfire near India's space agency office in Bangalore.

Police said the two men escaped and it did not appear to have been a terror attack. No one was injured.

The Indian Space Research Organisaton (Isro) is heavily guarded - there have been reports about militants plotting to target it.

The centre monitors all space missions, including India's first unmanned moon mission last year.

Isro spokesperson S Satish told the BBC that security forces opened fire as the duo were moving in "suspicious circumstances" near the centre.

He said the two men opened fire with a pistol and the security forces retaliated.

"All is under control. There is no need for panic. The incident shows that [our] security is in place," Mr Satish said.

Police are investigating the incident and say it would be "premature" to accuse the two men of planning an attack on the centre.

Police are still searching for spent bullets and other clues to the men's identities.

But Karantaka's additional directer general of police, AR Infant, said: "On the face of it, it does not appear to be a terror attack."

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