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Clues a day after Gurdaspur attack: GPS that shows gunmen crossed from Pakistan, shaved off all body hair

A day after the terror strike in Gurdaspur district of Punjab, there's still little really known about the attack and who carried it out. However, there are clues that hint at the involvement of Pakistani terrorists:

The attackers were completely clean shaven, wiped all traces off weapons

There's been no confirmation on who was behind the attack, but the Hindustan Times quoted unnamed sources saying that the terrorists involved in the attack spoke Punjabi and had erased all marks on their bodies and equipment in order to prevent their antecedents being traced.

From shaving off all their body hair to erasing factory marks on the guns and grenades, the gunmen had reportedly wiped out all visible signs that could be used to trace their history, the report quoted unnamed sources as saying.

“All we have is three bodies with clean-shaven private parts indicating that they were on a suicide mission and one of them spoke in Punjabi during the attack,” an official was quoted as saying.

 Clues a day after Gurdaspur attack: GPS that shows gunmen crossed from Pakistan, shaved off all body hair

Punjab Police officials during the operation on Monday. PTI image

Attackers came from village in Pakistan

No terrorist group has formally claimed responsibility for the attack which claimed the lives of six persons, including three policemen.

The Indian Express in an exclusive report quotes unnamed government sources as saying that they had found Global Positional Sets (GPS) from the slain gunmen which showed that they may have begun their operation from the Shakargarh area of Pakistan.

According to the report, the GPS sets that were sent to Delhi for forensic analysis have revealed that the team of terrorists had left from a safehouse in Gharot, a village near Shakargarh in Pakistan, crossed a tributary of the Ravi river and then went to the village of Bamial in India.

The report says that the suspicion of the group having come from Pakistan comes after the finding of  'digital waypoints' on the GPS, markers that indicate the route to take. The trio of gunmen are then suspected to have taken a bus to the highway that links Punjab to Jammu and Kashmir, passing multiple police checkpoints along the route until they got to Dinanagar in Punjab.

The group then went on the rampage in Dinanagar, shooting civilians and then storming an empty building near the local police station.

Why Punjab Police used its own special forces

While hundreds of army personnel and teams of the elite National Security Guard were rushed to the spot after the terror attack on Dinanagar, the Punjab Police reportedly used its own special team to handle the situation. And it turns out there was a rationale behind it.

The police has said they wanted to try catch one of the gunmen alive, which is why they relied on using their own team of commandos. The police said that efforts were made to catch the terrorists alive so that they could be interrogated later.

"Security forces always work jointly. We are thankful to LG K J Singh, GOC-in-C Army Western Command, Chandimandir who had offered assistance of army for this operation. But in this operation, we did not require the help of army. This operation was carried out by Punjab Police officials and jawans," DGP Sumedh Singh said.

The Punjab Police's SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team, that has reportedly been trained by an Israeli security consultancy, was pressed into service, reported the Times of India. The report said that the team had taken its own time in finishing the operation since they believed the gunmen had a limited amount of ammunition and food and they could wear them down, which could lead to an arrest. However, it was unsuccessful, with all three gunmen being killed.

Amarnath Yatra the intended target?

There's still no clue on why the terrorists stormed the Dinanagar police station area in Gurdaspur district, but one theory security officials are reportedly examining is whether the gunmen planned to target the Amarnath pilgrims. The Times of India reported that intelligence agencies had warned of a possible terror strike on the Amarnath yatra and the fact that terrorists could strike in Punjab if they failed to carry out an operation in Jammu and Kashmir.

with inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Jul 28, 2015 13:19:28 IST

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