NIA trying to establish link with Pathankot, Uri attacks

A team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) Wednesday arrived in Nagrota to probe the Tuesday militant attack.
NIA trying to establish link with Pathankot, Uri attacks
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A team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) Wednesday arrived in Nagrota to probe the Tuesday militant attack.

A top NIA official said a team of theirs has reached the spot of the attack. "Even not having any directions from Ministry of Home Affairs for taking over the case, we according to standard operating procedure (SOP) visit the spots where attacks take place and collect the samples," he told Greater Kashmir.

"So far there is no official word from MHA for taking over the case."

The official said that NIA is a central agency established by the Central Government to "combat terror in India" and it acts as the central Counter Terrorism Law Enforcement Agency. "As we are empowered, we keep watch of the developments," he said.

The official said that they will concentrate on investigations to find out if there is any similarity between Pathankot, Uri and Nagrota attacks.  "If we could find any similarity that means the attack has been carried out by the same group," he said adding that local police will assist NIA officials in the area. He denied divulging any further details.

The Pathankot attack took place on 2nd January 2016 wherein a heavily-armed group of militants attacked an Air Force Station, part of the Western Air Command of the Indian Air Force, in Pathankot area of Punjab.

In Nagrota attack, seven Army personnel including two officers were killed after militants stormed the base of 166 Medium Regiment Tuesday before the day-break. Three unidentified militants were also killed in the attack.

So far NIA is carrying out investigations into three militant attacks in J&K. Earlier, it probed an attack on a Border Security Force convoy in Udhampur area of Jammu province in 2015, and is presently investigating the September 19 Uri Army base attack.

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