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December 13, 2001
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Sixth terrorist can't be ruled out: Delhi Police commissioner

Onkar Singh in New Delhi

Delhi Police Commissioner Ajay Raj Sharma said on Thursday that investigators are not ruling out the possibility of a sixth terrorist being involved in the suicide attack on the Parliament House on Thursday morning.

Addressing a news conference at the Delhi Police headquarters, Sharma said, "Five were killed on the spot, while six other police personnel and one gardener of the Parliament House lost their lives in the gun battle between security forces and the terrorists."

"We have killed five of them and it seems that there were five only, but we are not ruling out the possibility of sixth terrorist being present on the spot. Combing operations are still going on and we will give you a clear picture in next three days," Sharma said.

He clarified that the home ministry sticker on the white ambassador car used by the terrorists was a fake one.

"When a suspicious security guard tried to stop them, they turned left from the main gate and reached the place where Vice President Krishna Kant's car was parked. Finding that the next gate was closed, they hurriedly backed the car and rammed into the vice president's car," he said.

"This enraged the security officials who tried to catch the terrorists. Immediately, the terrorists started firing and abandoned the vehicle and ran towards gate number nine. Three of them climbed the wall and managed to come to the other side of the Parliament complex, while two of them ran towards gate number one and gate number five respectively. While the security officials killed the other four in a long gun battle, the terrorist at gate number one was injured by a bullet, and he later blew himself up to evade arrest," Sharma added.

Sharma further added that no one had claimed responsibility for the attack on the Parliament.

However, the Delhi Police commissioner did not rule out the possibility of the involvement of Jammu and Kashmir terrorists in the incident.

"This is a ghastly incident and should not have taken place at all. But, I must commend the Delhi police officials and the security guards who laid down their lives and prevented these terrorists from entering into the Parliament," Sharma added.

"If they had managed to sneak in, it would have been a bigger tragedy. The terrorists were carrying AK-47 rifles and Chinese grenades with them," Sharma said.

When asked if the car they used was full of explosives, Sharma said that the investigation was still going on, adding that NSG commandos were inspecting the car, and things would be clear once they submit their preliminary report.

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