01/12/2016 12:44 PM IST | Updated 01/12/2016 1:08 PM IST

Data From GPS Sets Found With Uri Attackers Show They Came From Pakistan

The GPS units were first powered two weeks before the attack in PoK.

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Army soldiers stand guard near a check post.

New data from a damaged GPS unit used by the terrorists who attacked the Indian Army base in Uri in Jammu & Kashmir on 18 September offers clear evidence that the perpetrators of the attacks were based in Pakistan.

The Indian Express reports that, according to sources, the data from a damaged GPS unit shows that the attackers began their journey in Pakistan and travelled along the Muzaffarabad-Srinagar road towards the Line of Control (LoC) on 17 September.

The report also suggests that the Garmin eTrex GPS unit was first powered two weeks before the attack, on 4 September, in Leepa Valley in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

Earlier reports on the attack had mentioned that the four terrorists had crossed the LoC with the aid of ladders. Army officials said that one of the four terrorists who mounted the brazen attack in Uri, had infiltrated the base through gaps along the fence near the Salamabad nallah and erected a ladder on the Indian side of the fence. The other three perpetrators had a ladder with them. The two ladders were then connected to form a pedestrian bridge.

The Indian Express quoted a source as saying, "It's clear from the timeline of the terrorists' movements, which we now have, that they were able to penetrate the three-tier defences on the Line of Control with relative ease, and evade Army patrols deeper inside Kashmir as well."

Nineteen soldiers were killed in the attack in Uri which is situated about 102 km from Srinagar.