Pathankot arms seizures show militants came prepared for fiery standoff

  • Rajesh Ahuja, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 12, 2016 11:00 IST
Security beefed up at Pathankot Air Force base during the visit of PM Narendra Modi on Saturday following a recent attack by terrorists on the base. (PTI)

If the arms and equipment recovered from the Pathankot attackers are anything to go by, they had come prepared for a big battle.

Nine days after the airbase came under attack, HT accessed the full list of 29 items recovered from the attackers – including 559 rounds of 7.62 mm calibre and four AK-47 assault rifles with 30 magazines. The registration numbers of the Russian rifles have been identified.

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Counter-terror officials have also recovered three pistols with seven magazines and 47 live rounds, besides a grenade launcher. Sources said a motivational note – stating ‘Jaishe-Mohammad Zindabad’ – was also found. So far, over two dozen grenades have been destroyed by the National Security Guard’s bomb disposal squad.

The militants also came equipped with items to handle medical emergencies and technical issues. According to the list, they possessed a wire cutter, a pair of pliers, a big knife, a multi-tool box, a wire tape, a first-aid box, a knife pad, four painkiller injections, a syringe, a vial of eye drops, seven painkiller tablets, 21 lozenges, two bandages, two bottles of Betadine, two combat rucksacks, binoculars, a mobile phone and two damaged notes of `500.

All grenades brought by the terrorists have reportedly been destroyed through ‘controlled explosions’. “We have recovered a piece of blown-up grenade with markings that may help us trace its origin,” an official said. Many items must have been destroyed during the attack, he added.

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A home ministry statement said the NIA also plans to ask the Interpol to issue a Black Corner notice for identifying the bodies of four slain terrorists, and a Blue Corner notice to trace conspirators in the case.

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