The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday released photographs of four terrorists who were killed at the Pathankot airbase during the attack on January 2.
The NIA has also sought help from the public on any information regarding identity of the four men in the photographs.
There is still some ambiguity on the number of terrorists who had carried out the Pathankot attack. On Wednesday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had read out in Lok Sabha the forensic report from the first examination of charred remains recovered from a building inside the airbase, conducted in Chandigarh, confirming the involvement of six terrorists in the attack.
But Home Ministry sources said the suspected remains of two terrorists, believed to have been holed up inside the airmen’s billet, would be sent to the forensic science laboratory in Hyderabad for a “re-examination”.
The Indian Express had reported on March 1 that investigators had failed to find even small fragments of weapons, grenades or human bones to support the National Security Guard (NSG) claim that it battled two terrorists inside the billet, in addition to the four killed some distance away.
Besides, IAF thermal imagers had caught only four individuals entering the airbase — after the operation was over, only four bodies of suspected terrorists were found along with four AK-47 guns.