Intelligence agencies are struggling to put together the sequence of events which led to the first ever coordinated attack on an Air Force base in the history of the country. While it was being speculated that the attackers belonged to the banned Jaish-e-Mohammad group, a letter purportedly written by spokesperson of United Jehad Council claiming responsibility of the attack, has further added to the confusion.Intelligence officials based in the National Capital as well as Jammu and Kashmir seemed to be divided when asked to share prima facie findings on the Pathankot air base attack.One intelligence official while stating that it was too early to confirm which outfit led the assault, added that that there was high possibility that the group behind air base attack comprised of Jaish militants, even though a letter sent by UJC spokesman Syed Sadaqat Hussain claimed that the attackers were “Kashmiri Mujahideen” from unknown “Highway Squad” outfit.On Sunday dna had reported that input about 15-18 specially trained fighters crossing over from Pakistan had been sent across by local intelligence based in Kashmir. The input mentioned that the fighters belonged to Laskar-e-Toiba.”In the past Jaish has had reservations to come under the UJC umbrella because ISI does not have a stronger hold on it. But there are chances that a realignment might have taken place under which Jaish militants are closely working with UJC,” said the official.The official added that the “Highway Squad” might be a result of this new alignment. This view is however not shared by everyone in the intelligence community who while speaking to dna said ” things would be clearer after the operation in Pathankot gets over”.”It is quite possible that the UJC might have carried out the attack. Obviously all the groups operating in Kashmir do want to assert themselves and UJC which has been not so active in the recent years might have felt the need to go into a more aggressive mode,” said another official.In a statement released by UJC, the spokesperson was quoted saying “Indian government and its media have been suffering from Pakistan phobia. By accusing Pakistan for every attack, India neither succeeded in past to malign the Kashmir freedom struggle nor will it get anything in future through malicious propaganda. The attack on Pathankot Air Base from Kashmiri Mujhadeen carries a message to India that no security establishment and garrison are out of reach from militants”.Sources in the J&K police seemed to be divided following the statement with some claiming that UJC’s involvement is quite possible even though the groups aligned to it (except LeT) are not known for Fidayeen styled attacks or operations beyond Kashmir. Some senior officials of JK police said the fact that the militants were specially trained fighters indicate that they might have returned from areas engulfed in war in Pakistan and Afghanistan.”If it is Jaish then it is a worrying sign because the attack signals their resurgence after a long dry spell and if the attackers belong to some group of UJC then the attack shows another disturbing new trend all together,”said a senior J&K police official. According to the official the ‘disturbing new trend’ could mean that more fidyaeen style attacks will be employed by groups other than Jaish and LeT.Meanwhile the National Investigation Agency, registered three cases related to the attack while taking over the investigation. The cases include the alleged abduction of SP Salwinder Singh, killing of another driver Akagar Singh, who allegedly picked up a fight with the militants after they had crashed into his car and the third case is the overall attack on the airbase.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

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Intelligence agencies still struggling to deconstruct Pathankot attack, NIA takes over case