The four suspected Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists, who were hiding in a truck, were killed in a three-hour encounter with security forces on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway near Nagrota early Thursday morning. "The group of terrorists infiltrated via the worldwide border and were moving towards Kashmir valley in a truck".
Meanwhile, two SOG men of J&K Police were also injured in a gunfight with a group of militants in Nagrota area.
The encounter started at around 5 am after the truck in which terrorists were travelling was intercepted by security forces personnel near the Ban toll plaza in Nagrota, on the outskirts of Jammu city, on the highway during a routine check, officials said. They were on the verge of executing a big plan, Singh said. The police have recovered 11 AK-47 rifles, 3 Pistols, 6 UBGL grenades and a mobile phone.
According to the police, the truck driver managed to flee the spot.
Babar Iftikhar said that "mastermind" Colonel Rajesh held four meetings with the representatives of terrorist outfits at Afghan embassy for planning terrorist attacks in Pakistan. "However, we're investigating", said Mukesh Singh.
Giving details of the encounter, the IGP said that the CRPF soldiers and police personnel were fired upon with heavy ammunition.
"A day after four Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists were killed in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on November 20 that security forces had thwarted a major terrorist attack in the Union territory". This is similar to previous cases in the area, same modus operandi except for the fact that the truck used a fake registration number. Experts believe this to be a significant achievement months after the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A which had also strengthened the security counter-terror grid.
The terrorists were reportedly trapped and there was gun firing from both sides.
"I salute the exemplary courage and bravery displayed by our forces".
The statement said that the toxic "Hindutva ideology, preached and practiced by the RSS-BJP mix", has resulted in the systematic targeting of Kashmiri youth through extra-judicial killings, torture in custody, enforced disappearances, and incarcerations.