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Gurdaspur attackers had come using Ravi river, had more plans


Gurdaspur terror attackMembers of the Indian Punjab Elite Police unit (L) take position during an assault after armed men attacked the police station in Dinanagar town, in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab state on July 27, 2015. Indian security forces were battling an armed attack on a police station near the Pakistan border in which at least five people have been killed. AFP PHOTO/ NARINDER NANU

Gurdaspur/New Delhi: The terrorists who attacked Gurdaspur yesterday had come from Pakistan using Ravi river and apparently had plans to target one more area, the probe has found even as images surfaced today showing three heavily-armed men in Army fatigues walking on a road. Punjab police chief Sumedh Singh Saini said 11 unused bombs had been recovered and five of them had been defused.

Three AK-47 rifles, 17 magazines, 55 cartridges, one Rocket launcher, three hand grenades, bullet proof jackets, night vision device and heap of unused bullets were recovered from the site of the encounter, he said. Giving details of the probe, the DGP said the terrorists had taken the route from Dhussi Bandh (Ravi river) right along the International Border to the railway track where they planted bombs and then came to Dina Nagar. The bombs were detected on time and defused.

“As per their GPS system, they first planted bombs on railway track before snatching a car from a civilian and then gained entry into the police station of Dina Nagar,” he said.

“Inspection of the bodies show they were Muslims,” he said. In Delhi, official sources said the probe indicates that the terrorists, suspectedly belonging to Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, had entered India through Bamiyal village and planned to target Gurudaspur civil lines also besides the police station.

The GPS, used by travellers to reach their destinations, was switched on by the terrorists after they crossed over into India, the sources said.

While the flow of the river was very fast, security agencies believe that the attackers used a canal to enter India and switched on the GPS. The tracking point of one of the two GPS systems with the terrorists showed Talwandi point, Parmanand village and Dina Nagar. The other GPS system had Gurudaspur Civil Lines marked, implying that the area was also on their target list.

The terrorists were caught on a CCTV camera whose footage surfaced today. The 14-second video footage shows three men, wearing Army fatigues, having big backpacks and carrying AK assault rifles, walking down the road at 4:55 a.m. yesterday. The images were captured by a CCTV camera placed at a shop at Taragarh intersection in Dinanagar area, just before they entered this Punjab town bordering Pakistan, SSP Gurdaspur G S Toor said today.