Punjab terror strike: CCTV footage shows well armed terrorists

Dinanagar (Punjab), July 28 (IANS) The three terrorists who unleashed terror in Dinanagar town of Punjab’s Gurdaspur district were heavily armed and moving around in army fatigues, CCTV footage that emerged on Tuesday showed.

The CCTV footage shows the three terrorists moving freely on foot on a road in Dinanagar town at 4.55 a.m. on Monday, minutes before they began firing indiscriminately at the town’s bus stand and near the police station complex.

The CCTV footage was obtained from a camera installed outside a shop in the town.

The terrorists, who can be seen from the side and the back, were carrying assault rifles and backpacks as they walked towards the town’s centre.

The second CCTV footage, taken from a camera installed outside a bank building, shows the hijacked Maruti 800 car being driven towards the bus stand and the police station around 5.18 a.m.

Later footage from the same bank camera shows people running for cover after the terrorists began firing.

Gurdaspur district police chief G.S. Toor said that all clues about the terrorists were being collected and examined.

“We have got clues from the CCTV footage,” Toor said.

Police officials investigating the terror incident claimed that the terrorists disguised themselves as army troopers and took a bus from Bamiyal town towards Dinanagar where they first planted five live bombs on a bridge on the railway track on the Amritsar-Pathankot section.

“They then moved towards the town on foot and tried to stop a tempo. However, the vehicle did not stop. They then signalled the Maruti car whose driver stopped thinking that army personnel were conducting a search. When they tried to snatch the car from him, the driver resisted and was shot at. They then moved towards the police station in the car,” a Punjab Police officer said here.

Security and intelligence agencies have tracked the global positioning system (GPS) sets, recovered from the terrorists, to Shakargarh area of Pakistan near the India-Pakistan border.

The GPS track indicated that the terrorists began their journey from the Pakistan side on Sunday and entered Indian territory.

 

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