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Only four militants had entered Pathankot airbase: Govt

Manohar Parrikar had said that six terrorists were involved in the attack

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Security forces person guards near the Indian Air Force base where an operation is carried out following the militants' attack, in Pathankot
Security forces person guards near the Indian Air Force base where an operation is carried out following the militants' attack, in Pathankot.

Putting to end speculation about the number of terrorists involved in attack, the government on Tuesday made it clear that only four militants had entered the airforce station to carry out the strike that left eight people dead.

Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said "four Pakistan-based terrorists" had carried out the January 2 attack.

"Four Pakistan-based terrorists entered Punjab via Janial road, Dhusi turn, near Ravi river bridge, Gulpur Simli village - Akalgarh and attacked airforce station in Pathankot," he said in a written reply to a question by Congress MP Ravneet Singh, grandson of slain Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh.

The Congress MP had asked about the number of terrorists who entered Punjab for attack and the route used by them as well as the details of terrorists killed and arrested along with the weapons recovered from them.

Ahir said all these terrorists were neutralised by the security forces. The security forces recovered 4 AK rifles, 32 AK magazines, 3 pistols, 7 pistol magazines, one under barrel grenade launcher, 40 hand grenades and one dagger from them, he said.

The answer is contrary to a statement made by Home Minister on March 4 when he had said that charred remains, apart from four bodies of terrorists, were found at the debris after security forces searched the airforce station when the operation ended.

"Charred remains were found and sent for forensic examination. We are awaiting for reports," had said.

There was speculation that the Home Minister had made this statement on a presentation made by the elite Security Guard, which was not corroborated either by defence personnel or central security agencies.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar too had said that six terrorists were involved in the attack.

The Investigation Agency, which was probing the case, has been maintaining that the investigators had found only four bodies.

The Home Ministry has recently given NIA the sanction to file a chargesheet against Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar and three others in the terror attack.

The Home Ministry has in the past been left red faced over answers to Parliament questions including another related controversy where it informed the House that they do not know about whereabouts of most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim, forcing the government to retract and clarify that Dawood is in

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Only four militants had entered Pathankot airbase: Govt

Manohar Parrikar had said that six terrorists were involved in the attack

Manohar Parrikar had said that six terrorists were involved in the attack
Putting to end speculation about the number of terrorists involved in attack, the government on Tuesday made it clear that only four militants had entered the airforce station to carry out the strike that left eight people dead.

Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said "four Pakistan-based terrorists" had carried out the January 2 attack.

"Four Pakistan-based terrorists entered Punjab via Janial road, Dhusi turn, near Ravi river bridge, Gulpur Simli village - Akalgarh and attacked airforce station in Pathankot," he said in a written reply to a question by Congress MP Ravneet Singh, grandson of slain Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh.

The Congress MP had asked about the number of terrorists who entered Punjab for attack and the route used by them as well as the details of terrorists killed and arrested along with the weapons recovered from them.

Ahir said all these terrorists were neutralised by the security forces. The security forces recovered 4 AK rifles, 32 AK magazines, 3 pistols, 7 pistol magazines, one under barrel grenade launcher, 40 hand grenades and one dagger from them, he said.

The answer is contrary to a statement made by Home Minister on March 4 when he had said that charred remains, apart from four bodies of terrorists, were found at the debris after security forces searched the airforce station when the operation ended.

"Charred remains were found and sent for forensic examination. We are awaiting for reports," had said.

There was speculation that the Home Minister had made this statement on a presentation made by the elite Security Guard, which was not corroborated either by defence personnel or central security agencies.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar too had said that six terrorists were involved in the attack.

The Investigation Agency, which was probing the case, has been maintaining that the investigators had found only four bodies.

The Home Ministry has recently given NIA the sanction to file a chargesheet against Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar and three others in the terror attack.

The Home Ministry has in the past been left red faced over answers to Parliament questions including another related controversy where it informed the House that they do not know about whereabouts of most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim, forcing the government to retract and clarify that Dawood is in
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Only four militants had entered Pathankot airbase: Govt

Manohar Parrikar had said that six terrorists were involved in the attack

Putting to end speculation about the number of terrorists involved in attack, the government on Tuesday made it clear that only four militants had entered the airforce station to carry out the strike that left eight people dead.

Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said "four Pakistan-based terrorists" had carried out the January 2 attack.

"Four Pakistan-based terrorists entered Punjab via Janial road, Dhusi turn, near Ravi river bridge, Gulpur Simli village - Akalgarh and attacked airforce station in Pathankot," he said in a written reply to a question by Congress MP Ravneet Singh, grandson of slain Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh.

The Congress MP had asked about the number of terrorists who entered Punjab for attack and the route used by them as well as the details of terrorists killed and arrested along with the weapons recovered from them.

Ahir said all these terrorists were neutralised by the security forces. The security forces recovered 4 AK rifles, 32 AK magazines, 3 pistols, 7 pistol magazines, one under barrel grenade launcher, 40 hand grenades and one dagger from them, he said.

The answer is contrary to a statement made by Home Minister on March 4 when he had said that charred remains, apart from four bodies of terrorists, were found at the debris after security forces searched the airforce station when the operation ended.

"Charred remains were found and sent for forensic examination. We are awaiting for reports," had said.

There was speculation that the Home Minister had made this statement on a presentation made by the elite Security Guard, which was not corroborated either by defence personnel or central security agencies.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar too had said that six terrorists were involved in the attack.

The Investigation Agency, which was probing the case, has been maintaining that the investigators had found only four bodies.

The Home Ministry has recently given NIA the sanction to file a chargesheet against Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar and three others in the terror attack.

The Home Ministry has in the past been left red faced over answers to Parliament questions including another related controversy where it informed the House that they do not know about whereabouts of most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim, forcing the government to retract and clarify that Dawood is in

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