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