Pathankot, Jan 3: Investigations that are being conducted into the Pathankot attack have traced the origin of the terrorists to Bhawalpur in Pakistan.
All these terrorists landed in India on December 30th, investigations have shown.
The Central Intelligence Bureau (CIB), which is helping the Punjab police as well as the National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe the matter, states that the attack was planned in Bhawalpur which is incidentally where the Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masoor Azhar resides.
This was the same place from where the Udhampur terror strike a few months back was launched.
The terrorists were dropped off in a Land Cruiser by their handlers near the Kathua-Gurdaspur sector which is near the border.
They then crossed over into India by foot.
Intelligence Bureau (IB) officials say that all pointers suggest that the attack had the signature of the Jaish-e-Mohammad.
Further our intercepts also point towards the involvement of the JeM, the officer also confirmed.
The first of the intercepts that was picked up suggested that they planned on attacking a military base on January 1.
However, there was a change in plan and they went ahead and abducted the Superintendent of Police of Gurdaspur and even stole his vehicle.
According to the account given by the Police officer, Salwinder Singh, there were five terrorists who had abducted him.
After driving for nearly 20 kilometres, they asked the officer to get down before they drove away with his official vehicle.
They even snatched away the phone of the officer and used it to call Pakistan. Prior to this incident the terrorists had even killed a taxi driver.
The probe is likely to be handed over to the NIA.
The DNA sampling of the terrorists who were gunned down during the encounter yesterday will also be collected and the assistance of Pakistan will be sought.
Pakistan had said yesterday that it will partner India to ensure that terrorism is wiped out.