Pathankot, Jan 2:The terrorists who carried out the attack at the Pathankot air force station in Punjab are said to have come to India from Bhawalpur in Pakistan. Incidentally, this is the same area from where the two terrorists Mohammad Naved and Noman were launched to stage the Udhampur attack in Jammu and Kashmir.
Going by the modus operandi and details, it appeared as though the terrorists entered into Punjab a day back. They were dressed in army clothes when they entered the country as this appeared to be a way of hoodwinking the security forces in India.
Sources say that the attack was planned well in advance as the terrorists coordinated the entire operation effortlessly. They had decided that they would enter the airbase after stealing an official vehicle. This was done to hoodwink the security personnel at check posts. Moreover, they have come heavily armed which indicates that they were in for a long haul.
Going by the nature of the attack, it appears as though there was thorough planning which may have been done since the past several months. One cannot also rule out the fact that they must have had a reconnaissance mission prior to the attack. The terrorists are the air force station were trained and heavily armed.
Investigations also point towards the fact that the terrorists may have used the same car they stole yesterday from a senior police officer. It is also found that they had snatched away the officers phone and used the same to call back Pakistan. It was this call intercept that was picked yesterday and a red alert was issued in Punjab. The NSG too was called in after this incident.
Meanwhile the Pathankot-Jammu border has been sealed. The army has been deployed to ensure that none of the terrorists manage to slip into the neighbouring states.