Pathankot, Feb 4: In the aftermath of the Pathankot attack, it was said that although the response could have been much better, the security forces still managed to safeguard the strategic assets at the air base. The terrorists had come with a clear intention of destroying as much possible at the air base.
Investigations that are being carried out suggest that the terrorists were planning on destroying the MIG- 21 fighters in particular. They had sufficient ammunition on them to cause heavy damage at the air base. However, they were restricted to a non-operational area of the air base and finally gunned down. [Timeline of Pathankot terror attack]
What did the terrorists plan on destroying?
Investigations suggest that the terrorists had a fair idea of what was present in the base. The NIA has been questioning several persons who are aware of the logistics at the air base to find out if any information had leaked. Some air force officials too would be questioned in the days to come, NIA officials tell OneIndia.
Had the terrorists managed to completely infiltrate the base then the damage would have been unimaginable. They were looking to destroy the MIG-21 fighter, the MI-35 choppers and also the control room. Had they succeeded it would have not only been embarrassing, but would have also caused immense loss.
The NIA says that the investigations are on the right track. There is a lot that has to be probed within the officer said while also adding that with each passing day more Pakistan links are also emerging.
As and when we get the proof we are sharing it with Pakistan through the right sources. We are yet to get a response from Pakistan where the call details are concerned as they are crucial to the probe, the official also added.