Uri attack: Terrorists Deleted GPS Logs, Used Matrix Codes


New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency is trying to gather every piece of evidence possible about the terrorists, who attacked Uri army base on September, 18. Sources told that terrorists were well trained and used digital codes so that their location could not be traced.

The NIA investigation could hit a wall as terrorists seem to have deleted their last location from GPS logs. However, NIA is banking on two radio sets recovered from terrorists to work backwards.

In one of the deadliest terrorist’s attacks in recent years, 18 jawans lost their lives while 19 others were injured. All the four terrorists were also killed in retaliatory action.

Uri terrorists seemed to have become smarter and learnt from Pathankot terror attack. Intelligence sources said that tracking the route map of the terrorists, who attacked Uri army base, might not be easy.

Another hurdle in the investigation is that in both the GPS devices, recovered from the terrorists, logs of last location had been deleted by the attackers.

ICOM satellite sets, made in Japan, were used for communication by the terrorists. The use of ICOM sets requires a highly trained hand and military expertise.

Sources said that these equipment were highly sophisticated and they could not have been operated without the support of the Pakistani army.

Two radio sets, seized from the Uri attackers, could prove to be crucial piece of evidence to establish that the terrorists came from across the LoC. However, intelligence sources told Aaj Tak that one of the radio sets was badly burnt in the fire and might be damaged.

The NIA has sent both sets to National Technical Research Organization (NTRO) in Delhi to find out the radio frequency. NTRO will try to retrieve data and corroborate radio frequencies that might have been used by the terrorists to communicate with people in Pakistan.

The NTRO investigation may reveal the identity of the conspirators and attackers. The accurate data about radio frequency used by the terrorists may help the investigators find out as to which terror outfit carried out the Uri attack.

Based on their modus operandi, the intelligence agencies know that Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists use a particular frequency while the other outfits use a different radio frequency for communication.

The findings will help establish as to whether the attackers were only JeM militants or there was a mix of Jaish and Lashkar terrorists in the suicide squad.

The NIA is all set to question Lashkar-e-Toiba operative, Bahadur Ali, who was arrested in July. Similar set of recoveries have been made from the Uri attackers as Bahadur Ali. And, also it was Bahadur Ali, who had first told the NIA about the strategy to use matrix code and ICOM radio devices to carry out terrorist attacks in India.

NIA thinks that Lashkar militant Bahadur Ali, who is in his 20’s, could be a key angle to the Uri attack.

Bahadur Ali had also told the NIA that he trained with nine other militants. The NIA may show him the photographs of the Uri attackers to find out if they also trained with him in PoK.

The connection could prove a formal collaboration between erstwhile competitors, JeM and LeT in order to carry out attacks in India.