Four suspected Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists, who were hiding in a truck, were killed in an encounter with security forces on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway near Nagrota early this morning. A policeman was injured during the gunfight. The police said it is likely that the terrorists were “planning a big attack” and that they were headed towards the Kashmir valley.
The encounter started after the truck in which terrorists were travelling was intercepted by security forces personnel near the Ban toll plaza near Nagrota on the highway during a routine check, officials said. Security forced had received inputs about the movement of terrorists from Samba sector towards the Nagrota toll plaza.
While the driver of the truck is missing, a large number of weapons, including 11 AK-47s rifles, three pistols, 29 grenades, were recovered from them.
“The truck vehicle is absconding, we’re looking for him. It’s possible that they were planning a big attack. This kind of seizure is unprecedented. It’s possible that they were targeting DDC (District Development Council) election. However, we’re investigating,” said Mukesh Singh, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu zone.
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The area was sanitised and security has been tightened. Security forces recovered 11 AK series rifles from the site.
According to officials, the Jammu-Srinagar national highway has been closed for vehicular traffic in view of the encounter.