Pathankot terror attack: NIA unsure about the number of terrorists killed at airbase

New Delhi: National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the Pathankot terror attack, has raised doubts about the number of terrorists killed at the airbase in the terror attack last month.

According to a report in the Hindustan Times, the National Security Guard (NSG), which led the counter-terror operation, has maintained that six terrorists were killed.

“After neutralising four terrorists, the second ‘encounter’ with ‘two more terrorists’ took place on the ground floor of a two-storey building at the airbase. Since the building was demolished, we could find only ashes, which may have pieces of flesh from the bodies of the dead terrorists,” a senior home ministry official daily told the national requesting anonymity.

“But the question is why not even a single shred of cloth worn by the terrorists was found in the ashes,” HT quoted the official as saying.

The investigators have sent the ashes for testing at a forensic lab and are now waiting for the results that may finally clear all doubts.

NIA is also planning to re-evaluate the evidence gathered by the investigators.

Seven security personnel were killed and several others were injured when a group of heavily armed terrorists, suspected to owe alliance to terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad, stormed into the Pathankot airbase on January 2, 2016.

News24 Bureau