Data from seized GPS set shows Uri attackers did travel from Pakistan

Last month, the Lashkar-e-Taiba admitted responsibility for the attack, naming one of the four terrorists involved in the operation as Muhammad Anas, who operated under the alias Abu Siraqa.

Written by Praveen Swami | New Delhi | Updated: December 1, 2016 5:57 pm
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Forensic experts have established that the terrorists who attacked the 12 Infantry Brigade headquarters in Uri began their journey at a base in Pakistan, highly-placed sources familiar with the investigation have told The Indian Express.

The findings, the sources said, are based on digital data recovered from a severely-damaged Global Positioning System (GPS) unit recovered from the terrorists after the September 18 fighting that claimed their lives.

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The data, recovered from the Garmin eTrex GPS unit carried by the terrorists, show the men travelled by road along the Muzaffarabad-Srinagar road towards the Line of Control on September 17, before beginning to hike into the mountains short of Chakothi, the official border point.

Following their penetration of the Line of Control south of Chakothi on the night of September 17, the men continued to walk eastward, traversing three ridgelines before climbing towards the village of Darah Goolan. They rested there before assaulting the 12 Infantry Brigade headquarters in the bowl below.

“It’s clear from the timeline of the terrorists’ movements, which we now have, that they were able to penetrate the three-tier defences on the Line of Control with relative ease, and evade Army patrols deeper inside Kashmir as well,” a source familiar with the case said. “This is an obvious source of concern.”

From data recorded on the set, investigators have determined it was first powered-up on September 4, a fortnight before the attack, at a known Lashkar-e-Taiba facility in the Leepa Valley — one of the areas later targeted by the Indian Army in the cross-Line of Control strikes in retaliation for Uri.

There has been no official investigation into how the four attackers succeeded in penetrating the Line of Control defences to cause the Indian Army’s worst single loss in the insurgency in Kashmir, but military sources said it is believed they used ladders to scale the barbed-wire fence.

GPS sets, which have a wide range of commercial applications, rely on radiowave signals from a network of satellites to guide users through unfamiliar terrain. The terrorists who attacked Uri were carrying two sets, but one was too badly damaged during the fighting for data to be recovered.

Last month, the Lashkar-e-Taiba admitted responsibility for the attack, naming one of the four terrorists involved in the operation as Muhammad Anas, who operated under the alias Abu Siraqa.

Posters that the organisation put up in his home town, Gujranwala, invited townspeople to join funeral prayers for “lion-hearted holy warrior Abu Siraqa Muhammad Anas, who sent 177 Hindu soldiers to hell at the Uri Brigade camp… and thus drank from the glass of martyrdom”.

National Investigation Agency detectives had also recovered syringes, painkillers, other medications and packets of ready-to-eat food bearing markings of Pakistani manufacturers from the terrorists killed in the operation.

Pakistan is yet to initiate criminal proceedings against either members of the organisation, or individuals involved in planning the operation.

In September, responding to a question, Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said “when Indians themselves have no proof, then what kind of action can Pakistan take? They have only levelled an accusation, and that too only to defame Pakistan”.

Indian government sources said that no information has emerged to corroborate claims that two Pakistani men who were later arrested were linked to the attack. The claims had formed the basis of a dossier handed over to Pakistan, asking for follow-up investigation by that country into the Uri attacks.

Faisal Husain Awan, a resident of Halka 4 in Potha Jandgran near the village of Koomi Kote, and Ahsan Khursheed, of Mohalla Kidri in the village of Khilayana Khurd in Muzaffarabad’s Hattian Bala tehsil, had been held on suspicion of aiding the four terrorists, involved in the Uri attack, cross the Line of Control.

Government sources said the two men, both students, are now believed to have strayed across, not an uncommon feature in the Uri area where populations reside close to the Line of Control. “No evidence has emerged so far that the men knew the attackers,” an official said.

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    Thingamangodaboria
    Dec 1, 2016 at 3:25 am
    May I suggest all the "Bhakts of a Father" flock to the Line of Actual Control and fight alongside our brave soldiers. That would reduce the number of Bhakts all over the world. World will be safe!
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      Thingamangodaboria
      Dec 1, 2016 at 4:30 am
      SUK the diK of Israelites.
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        Thingamangodaboria
        Dec 1, 2016 at 3:24 am
        May I suggest all the "Bhakts of a Father" flock to the Line of Actual Control and fight alongside our brave soldiers. That would reduce the number of Bhakts all over the world. World will be safe!
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          Prateik
          Dec 1, 2016 at 3:14 am
          Modi should take this precious DATA next time he visits Nawaz Sharif.
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            Nana
            Dec 1, 2016 at 12:17 am
            India sent the GPS sets to Israel(our b l o o d-e) brothers who have brain(we INDICS don't) to anal-ice the data. And here we have it.
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              Shafted mohammed
              Dec 1, 2016 at 4:10 am
              What difference it makes stan establishment would deny all the proof how ever strong that might be as they are liars , cheats and terrorists who are in complete denial. If at all you want them a taste of their medicine hit their huge rally where hafiz saeed is present. Kill lot of officers in kakul military acedemy. stan may try something stupid have a very good missile shooting capability and bleed them so much that they find it economically impossible to carry on this dirty game which they started. Make them pay and make it impossible for them to continue and so they loose.
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                Sharbatali
                Dec 1, 2016 at 3:18 am
                Evidence have keep to stan dia monkey khulboshan jedaff ..this a reallty evidence but till now why india our monmey refuse no the india men..but india also a bit shame
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                  Sharbatali
                  Dec 1, 2016 at 3:08 am
                  How now india propea till to for stan ..i think india media look like a crow day day barki barking..stop ugly media india urri attack himself done it do .
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                    Sharbatali
                    Dec 1, 2016 at 3:13 am
                    No evidence to india also layer shameing on there media but frog inthe water or frog up on the land same india media...how to do this siutation the have refuse take it india lie a bit foolish media...
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                      Atis Mitra
                      Dec 1, 2016 at 1:25 am
                      It shows that our fauzees are not doing their duties properly but only saluting bosses.I have learnt these lessons while in service
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                        Madras
                        Dec 1, 2016 at 1:31 am
                        Intelligence warned this too "Data from seized GPS set WILL show Uri attackers did travel from stan"
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                          Kaliyug
                          Dec 1, 2016 at 1:55 am
                          Now that India has all the evidence what are they going to do? Please do not ask the West to condemn stan, stan is the biggest sman for Western Weapons, they keep the tragedy of death going and the Indians keep paying cash and buying more weapons. The poor on both sides of the fence die needlessly.
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                            Mercury
                            Dec 1, 2016 at 3:54 am
                            Also India should work with Israel on ways to spoof or jam GPS signals. This strategy has been used by North Korea in past ....
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                              Mercury
                              Dec 1, 2016 at 3:52 am
                              This is good forensic work ! It gives pointers to the modus opei by the terrorist and their handlers. Their ladders strategy needs to be countered, maybe, with tech (I.e., motion detectors, kamikaze drones) and personnel (I.e., snipers to omly eliminate cross border). India needs to open up other fronts, I.e., RAM and sink Pak gun-boats, abduct and dispose-off Pak fishermen, special forces raids on Sindh , mine coastline of Pak, destroy railroad, highways, mosques , madras etc. Increase cost for Pak ...
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                                hahaha
                                Dec 1, 2016 at 12:15 am
                                These guys roam freely as citizens when un armed .. ambush with arms. The only alternative is let every person carry his id card tied to the neck . .. like you work in corporate firms. Any body with no id, can be detained.
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                                  JayHind
                                  Dec 1, 2016 at 1:05 am
                                  This is what happens when you drop in UNINVITED AND EAT THERE SHARE OF BEEF BIRYANI RIGHT PARDHAN MAHODAY MODDEE JIlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;WHY MODDEE JI WHY
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                                    Jhumla Jhumla
                                    Dec 1, 2016 at 1:04 pm
                                    Jhumla of Ajit Doval. Shame of Indian Intelligence Agencies for creating a boogeyman out of Neighbor so that they can get government funding without accountability, which is then diverted to buy personal real estate in Delhi and farm houses across India.lt;br/gt;Here is the real truth:lt;br/gt;"The GPS set was badly burnt in the encounter. NIA first sent it to NTRO for analysis, which despite its best efforts failed to recover details of locations entered but later deleted by the fidayeen. It then ped on the set to FBI, which had advanced capabilities, but it is learnt that the US agency too failed to retrieve the data," a senior officer of the security establishment told TOI.
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                                      Indika
                                      Dec 1, 2016 at 3:01 am
                                      ic articles, stop giving publicity , gp after them and destroy them from wherever they come.
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                                        Subramanium
                                        Dec 1, 2016 at 4:57 am
                                        How does this help? Even a small kid can figure this out. We are a nation of 1.3 souls heavily armed utilize the human resources to end terrorism against India. Tiny stan is proxy has foreign troops on her soil. Thus a policy must be formulated on her which ends terrorism.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Note the stani nuclear program is a hoax that country has no Uranium ore the Chinese have given them a Uranium-235 bomb or two. Thus this tiny state (no match even foe Tamil Nadu) barks but stan is in reality hollow. China is linked to the Jews.
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                                          Sankaran Krishnan
                                          Dec 1, 2016 at 3:06 am
                                          It is a known fact and there is no need for any proof in the name of GPS and except the enemy Nation stan all of know across the Globe that Terror emanates from the stani soil and let us focus on how to destroy them and be alert at the Border !!!
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                                            Ashok Mazumdar
                                            Dec 1, 2016 at 1:56 pm
                                            So What Can be Done Now
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