Just as the Indian security forces wound up an intense engagement with militants holed up in Pathankot Air Base in Punjab, killing all six of them, a group called the United Jihad Council (UJC) has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
This conglomerate of militant groups is led by the Kashmir-based Hizb-ul-Mujahideen leader, Sayeed Salahudeen. Hizb-ul-Mujahideen is also a constituent of the United Jihad Council.
According to media reports in Jammu & Kashmir, United Jihad Council spokesperson Sadaqat Hussain issued a statement to a Srinagar-based news agency CNS claiming responsibility for the attack that has claimed the lives of seven Indian security personnel.
Here's what he said:
The Indian government, on the other hand, speculated the role of Pakistan based and Masood Azhar-led Jaish-e-Mohammad. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said: "The case will be probed by the NIA but the possibility of JeM being behind the attack cannot be ruled out."
Jaish-e-Mohammad's named cropped up after intelligence agencies intercepted calls from a man in Bawahalpur in Pakistan's Punjab province, where the JeM is headquartered. The man spoke with a thick Punjabi accent, and was heard telling his mother, "I am going to be a martyr."