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Pathankot attack: Attackers were fidayeen, reveals autopsy report

punjab Updated: Jan 15, 2016 14:13 IST
Vinay Dhingra
Vinay Dhingra
Hindustan Times
Pathankot attack

Soldiers in Pathankot during a combing operation.(PTI File Photo)

The six Pakistani terrorists who stormed the airbase here on January 2 were fidayeen (suicide squad), it seems from observations in the autopsy report that the civil hospital authorities on Thursday handed over to National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The 20-page report carries the details of the attackers’ DNA and how they died. It claims that they died of multiple bullet injuries, and no hair between the belly button and the thighs indicates that they were fidayeen. It’s a ritual in jehadi (Islamic militant) groups to shave all hair off the lower section before going on a suicide mission.

Senior medical officer (SMO) Dr Bhupinder Singh declined to reveal what had come out in the post-mortem examination but he agreed that the number of bullets found in the bodies were enough to kill anyone. “Check with the NIA for details,” he said.

The hospital authorities have also handed over the bullets and the terrorists’ belongings to the agency. Still lying in the civil hospital mortuary, the bodies are likely to be re-examined, if some other agency wants. A week ago, the NIA had handed these over to Punjab Police for autopsy. Interpol is likely to come in and help with identifying the terrorists, so maybe that’s why the bodies are preserved. On January 7, a panel of six doctors led by Dr Tarsem Singh performed autopsy on four full bodies and two charred ones, and sent viscera samples to Chandigarh Forensic Science Laboratory, which is yet to send its report.

Asked why the bodies had not been cremated after autopsy, Pathankot senior superintendent of police (SSP) RK Bakshi said it was for the NIA to order.