Just before they attacked the Dinanagar police station in Punjab's Gurdaspur district on Monday morning, the three terrorists were caught on a security camera just outside the town.
The 14-second CCTV footage shows the three men dressed in army fatigues, with bigpacks and carrying AK 47 assault rifles in hand, walking down the road at 4:55am.
The camera was placed at a shop at the Taragarh intersection in Dinanagar area, just before they entered the Punjab town bordering Pakistan, SSP Gurdaspur G S Toor said.
The terrorists were caught on camera just minutes before they launched a series of attacks in their bid to snatch a vehicle that would take them to the police station.
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They tried to seize a tempo, opened fire at a bus and then finally managed to get hold of a Maruti 800 after shooting and injuring its driver.
After they reached the police station they dug in for more than 11 hours. Seven people including superintendent of police (detective) Baljeet Singh were killed by the terrorists before they were eliminated by the commandos of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) of Punjab police.
Preliminary probe indicates that the three suspected Lashker-e-Taiba militants had entered the country from Pakistan through Bamiyal village close to the International Border.
The terrorists had made every attempt to conceal their identities and even removed markings from their clothes including underwears. They were not carrying any food items except for some loose dry fruits. They were carrying three AK 47 rifles, several Chinese-made grenades, besides 10 magazines with more than 200 rounds of ammunition.
A Global Positioning System (GPS) found on them showed that their final destination, the Dinanagar police station, was preset.