Srinagar, Nov 30: The horrific attack at the army camp in Nagrota which left seven Indian army personnel including two officers dead was the handiwork of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, Intelligence Bureau officials confirm.
An alert was shared a week back warning of a possible attack by a Lashkar-e-Tayiba cell on an army camp.
Possible attack on a high value army target by a module of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba the Intelligence Bureau alert read.
The alert was however not specific to Nagrota, but did warn of an ambush on a high value army army target.
This brings us to the next question about the security in such high value military installations.
The preliminary investigations show that the terrorists were familiar with the terrain and also their target.
Lashkar attack confirms IB:
An IB officer tells OneIndia that the Lashkar-e-Tayiba had been plotting a high value attack.
There were intercepts to suggest that a major build up was taking place and an attack was in the offing.
It is however not clear if the terrorists had just infiltrated ahead of the attack or were languishing in some local module for a couple of days.
However preliminary investigations would show that the terrorists were well versed with their target.
The terrorists had scaled the perimeter wall from the back of the complex.
The manner in which the attack took place also goes on to show that the terrorists knew precisely on how to go about the attack.
Upon entering the complex, the terrorists killed three soldiers when they first came in contact.
They then proceeded towards the houses of officers and wanted to undertake a hostage crisis.
However they were countered and could not manage to take anyone hostage.
The gun battle then carried on and in the second round the terrorists managed to kill an officer and two more soldiers.
The security at the camp is another question that is being raised by the Intelligence Bureau.
An immediate analysis of the attack would show that the security was lax. However IB officials say that the terrorists had complete information about the target.
The terrorists may have sourced the information from their local moles.
The terrorists appeared to have ample intelligence and this helped them go about the attack in precise fashion the officer also informed.
The modus operandi is similar to the one undertaken at the Pathankot air base. The terrorists during that attack too had scaled the wall and gained entry into the base.