Two humans, but no DNA samples. This is what the forensic report as sought by the National Investigation Agency probing the Pathankot attack has to say.
While this report clarifies a major doubt, it is also important to note that the two terrorists will remain unidentified in the chargesheet unless the Pakistan probe into the attack can shed more light.
The NIA would seek details from Pakistan on the identity of the two other terrorists.
While the NSG claimed at first there were six terrorists in all, doubts had been raised since the remains of two terrorists were not found.
The charred remains collected from the spot where the last leg of the operation took place was sent for forensic analysis and after much delay the report finally suggested that there were human remains. However the report also states that it was unable to collect the DNA samples.
On day one of the attack, the security agencies had neutralised four terrorists. However another operation took place lasting over 30 hours to neutralise two others.
The security agencies were able to recover four bodies and the same have been preserved as well.
However in the case of the other two there were no traces and agencies suspected that they may have been charred.
The NIA probe which was stuck due to this mystery sought a forensic report on this issue. After reminding the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory twice, the report finally reached the NIA.
The report just confirms the presence of two different humans. However it says that since the bodies were charred, it was not possible to collect DNA samples.
NIA officials tell OneIndia that this was a mystery that they were trying to solve. The probe was stuck due to this aspect and in order to file a chargesheet the exact count of terrorists is important.
However with this report coming in, it will help us go ahead with the probe, the officer also informed.