Terrorists who attacked Pathankot airbase were imparted training in Chaklala or Lyallpur airbase in Pakistan, said a government official.
One terrorist handler was allegedly in touch with the terrorists from Sialkot, while others from Shakargarh and Bahawalpur were also in touch. Explaining that the explosions took place after the terrorists were killed, he said they had set up 29 explosive devices within the airbase.
All troops were from 320 contingent of the NSG. They were equipped to handle explosives and suicide bombers. There was complete coordination between airforce, army, NSG and Punjab Police, he said.
Garud commando Gursewak Singh was killed in combat with terrorists. The 5 Defence Security Corp personnel were unarmed inside the mess and so were attacked due to first strike advantage terrorists had. The NSG response was swift with the team reaching Pathankot within hours. He added that Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh theory that he was going to a mazar with his friend raised suspicion.
Meanwhile, the four militants were sent for post mortem, while search operation to clean the airbase of any threat was on its last leg.“Our work is in progress,” said Pathankot senior superintendent of police (SSP) RK Bakshi said. A team of four doctors would conduct the post mortem examination on the terrorists at the civil hospital.
Meanwhile, the mop up operation continued to sanitise the airbase.
Security officials said that the combing operations will continue at the forward base where seven security personnel and six terrorists were killed.
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar has already clarified that there “is no suspected terrorist inside right now. I will not give a negative report till the search operation is over,” Parrikar.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed three cases in regard connection the terror strike, including the murder of a taxi driver by terrorists, kidnapping of an SP and attacking the airbase. Central Forensic Science Laboratory team is assisting the 20-member NIA agency team camping in Pathankot.