Pathankot attack: NIA begins probe into role of insider

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The National Investigation Agency is currently probing the possibility of an insider being involved in the Pathankot attack.

The NIA has been questioning several persons in connection with this case and after it was learnt that two terrorists had possibly entered the air force station two days prior to the January 2 attack, the role of an insider is being probed even further. [Timeline of Pathankot terror attack]

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While it has been ascertained that four out of the six terrorists had climbed the wall of the air force station on January 2, the other two may have already been inside the base.

With almost 60 kilograms of ammunition between themselves, questions about how they managed to carry such a load and move around had been raised.

What NIA is looking into?

The NIA is probing to find out if any insider had helped the two terrorists gain entry into the air force station two days in advance. Some insider may have helped the terrorists enter the air force base by cutting the fence.

Moreover, was the ammunition placed close by to the base two days prior to the attack is also what the NIA is trying to find out.

The NIA also learnt during the probe that the terrorists had planned on setting fire to the entire base. They have with them corrosive powder and this was meant to be thrown into the hangars where the air crafts are stationed.

NIA officials say that they are yet to ascertain a lot of details about this attack. However, we are probing with all seriousness the possibility of an insider involvement to the attack.

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