Pathankot attack: 2 terrorists camped at base before strike
MUMBAI: An intelligence input on December 30, 2015, from the Punjab border warned New Delhi that six terrorists, with the intention to strike at critical military installations, had infiltrated the country. But as the intelligence input was being deciphered, two of the terrorists had already entered the Indian Air Force (IAF) base at Pathankot, said police sources.
Investigations into the January 2, 2016, terror attack on the base revealed two of the six terrorists — all killed in a multi- agency response — had entered the premises at least two days before the terror attack began.
Sources in the ministry of home affairs ( MHA) said the NIA is probing the role of an insider who not only helped the terrorists by cutting a portion of the fence covering the air base, but also supplied ammunition to the two terrorists who entered first.
The two terrorists did not move and hid in the thickly forested area at the air base, and waited for the four other operatives to enter, said police sources. On January 2, 2016, when the four terrorists climbed the wall and entered the base, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the IAF had picked up their entry into the base on its thermal imager.
The UAV was operational because the air base was on high alert after receiving the intelligence input.
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