The five Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists, who were killed in an encounter with security forces on Saturday, seemed to have sneaked in from the rear side of the Pathankot air force base that is spread in 20-km radius.
The area has dense foliage and elephant grass. The spot where terrorists abandoned the Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh’s SUV is about 1.5 km from the wall of the air base.
Sources said the terrorists, taking cover of the elephant grass, managed to reach the boundary wall of the airbase.
“It is likely that the terrorists scaled the 10- ft wall of the air force base to gain entry. Also, the wall has drain exit points that are covered with iron rods. These are also vulnerable points as one can enter the compound after cutting the wires,” said sources. Some years ago, a bunch of drug addicts had cut the iron rods near Majra village, throwing air force officials into a tizzy.
Terror in Pathankot
Five terrorists and three security personnel including one Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel were killed in an attack on an air force base in Punjab’s Pathankot district early on Saturday morning, setting alarm bells ringing across the country.
Gunshots rocked the facility around 3:30am on the second day of a new year as a group of at least five men in army-style clothing - believed to be operatives of the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist group - launched the daring operation less than 24 hours after an alert was sounded in the state over the assault of a top police officer by suspected Pakistani terrorists.