Pathankot terror attack: Here's why Bamiyal village is in news

Seeking to unravel how the brazen Pathankot attack was mounted, the NIA on Wednesday quizzed an SP rank officer who was allegedly abducted by the terrorists.

Last Updated: Jan 07, 2016, 00:25 AM IST

New Delhi/Pathankot: Seeking to unravel how the brazen Pathankot attack was mounted, the NIA on Wednesday quizzed an SP rank officer who was allegedly abducted by the terrorists, recreated the scene of his abduction and visited the border village from where the perpetrators were believed to have sneaked into India.

Meanwhile, footprints, believed to be of terrorists, have been gound at Bamiyal village at Indo-Pak border.

Here's why Bamiyal is in news:

- Bamiyal is the village at Indo-Pak border from where the militants are believed to have entered into the Indian territory.

- NIA team and  Border Security Force chief and other top officers of the paramilitary visited Bamiyal to understand the possible routes that could have been exploited by the six terrorists who laid a daunting seige at the forward air base begining January 2.

- Meanwhile, footprints that could be of terrorists, have been found in Bamiyal​ village.

- The footprints of heavy boots left on soft ground belong to two people and were discovered on January 1 by Jaspal Singh, a farmer in the border village, as per media reports.

- As the initial inputs suggest, the terrorists, who carried out the pre-dawn attack, had infiltrated through tributaries of river Beas in Pathankot in Bamiyal village, located close to the International Border.

- They are believed to have infiltrated into India during the intervening night of December 30-31.

- The area from where the terrorists crossed over has a thick foliage of elephant grass which provides an automatic cover for them, it is being said.

- A tributary of river Beas enters into Pakistan from this village and this route is popular with drug smugglers to enter India.