Samba terrorists had planned to storm Army Public School, take children hostage

FrontArmy Public School in Kathua. The terrorists had multi-vitamins, dry fruits to last ‘two-three weeks’

The three terrorists behind the twin attacks in Jammu on September 26 also had plans to storm the Army Public School on the Jammu-Pathankot National Highway and, possibly, take schoolchildren hostage.

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Police sources said that the terrorists asked Aarif, the driver of the truck they seized at the Hiranagar police station — where they killed four police personnel — to drive them, at gunpoint, to Army Public School in Kathua.

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The terrorists were equipped with a GPS device but, sources said, it didn't detect the school's location. "Maybe their connection dropped in that area," a police officer said.

The driver, sources said, "sensed" their intention — to storm the school — and is said to have tried to mislead them saying he didn't know where the school was.

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Police sources said the terrorists, who had killed the truck's cleaner, let the driver off and left the truck barely a kilometre from the 16th Cavalry Army camp in Samba which they then stormed.

Samba terrorists had planned to storm Army Public School, take children hostageand three injured in the twin-terror attack.

What lends credence to this, police sources said, is the fact that the Army recovered bottles of US-manufactured liquid multi-vitamins, handcuffs, iron chains and dry-fruits that could have kept the terrorists without food for "at least two to three weeks." All three terrorists were wearing the same brand — Adidas — shoes made in Dubai.

Incidentally, before they reached the police station, the terrorists had stopped at the government Girdhari Lal Dogra Memorial Degree College, barely 200 m from the police station.

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