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'6 Militants Attacked Pathankot Airbase'

There was a controversy over the number of terrorists who attacked the Pathankot airbase during investigation by the NIA.

Published: 16th March 2016 06:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th March 2016 06:41 AM   |  A+A-

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A Security forces jawan guards at the Pathankot Air Force base after the end of the military operation against militants on Tuesday.

NEW DELHI: Government sources on Tuesday said six terrorists were involved in the Pathankot  Air Force Station attack which claimed the lives of seven security personnel, including a Lt Colonel of the NSG.

There was a controversy over the number of terrorists who attacked the Pathankot airbase during investigation by the National Investigation Agency.

A forensic examination concluded that remains of two more terrorists were recovered from the debris, thus confirming that six terrorists were involved in the assault, a top government officer said.

A detailed forensic examination was concluded on the remains collected by the NIA from two different locations of the strategic airbase. The forensic test has come to the conclusion that traces of two human beings were found in the remains collected from Pathankot airbase.

Bodies of four terrorists were recovered immediately after the 80-hour anti-terror operation in the airbase. There have been varying reports over the number of terrorists, suspected to be belong to Pakistan-based group Jaish-e-Mohammud, who attacked the Pathankot airbase on January 2.

While the NSG, which carried out the operation against the terrorists, has said there were six terrorists, the NIA, which is probing the case, maintained that they found four bodies.



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