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NIA to ‘examine’ Air Force officials

Officials, however, stressed that there was no indication so far that the terrorists, suspected to belong to Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad, may have received help from an insider at the airbase.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 4, 2016 2:25:50 am

As part of its probe into the Pathankot airbase attack, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is likely to examine some Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel to ascertain whether the terrorists who carried out the attack received any inside help.

Officials, however, stressed that there was no indication so far that the terrorists, suspected to belong to Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad, may have received help from an insider at the airbase.

“The NIA is planning to examine some IAF personnel posted at the Pathankot airbase. The NIA has already examined some people but found nothing suspicious,” said a senior official.

According to officials, over 3,000 people, including family members of IAF personnel, live in the nearly 2,000-acre airbase. “The Pathankot IAF station is a large installation with several thousand people, and so it will take a lot of time to completely rule out any probability of an insider’s role,” said the official.

Sources said the NIA has almost concluded that the terrorists infiltrated India through Bamial. Sources said the agency is also inclined to believe that the terrorists crossed the border carrying arms and ammunition recovered from the airbase after the attack. It was earlier speculated that a cache of arms may have been stashed near the airbase in advance.

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