NIA team visits Samba, Kathua

NIA team visits Samba, Kathua

A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team on Tuesday visited Samba and Kathua in Jammu & Kashmir where terrorists last year carried out attacks similar to the Pathankot terror strike.

Investigators said the team visited the Army camp in Samba where two terrorists had opened fire on March 21 while another team visited Kathua where Rajbagh police station was attacked by a group of militants a day before. 

Official sources said there were “glaring” similarities in the modus operandi of terrorists, who launched attacks last year and those who struck the Pathankot air base on January 2 this year.

Mobile service providers have also been asked to submit details about calls made using three towers near the Pathankot air base.

Terrorists had made calls to their handlers in Pakistan. The call details would also help NIA establish whether terrorists got some help from insiders.

Amid reports that locals living in the adjoining areas of the air base used to enter the premises after paying as low as Rs 20 to security guards to graze their cattle and even shop in CSD canteen, the NIA said such facts could not be ascertained yet.

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