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Suspected Jaish terrorists fire at security forces near Jammu, flee into forest

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Three suspected terrorists, believed to be part of a suicide squad, infiltrated into and Wednesday and fired at security personnel on the state's main highway before escaping into a forest near this city, police said.

The terrorists attacked security personnel from a truck that was intercepted as it was speeding past a checkpost in Jhajar Kotli on the arterial highway that connects to Valley, officials said.

Panic gripped and its neighbouring areas after the three men escaped into a forest between Jhajar Kotli and Nagrota on the outskirts of the city.

Additional checkpoints were erected at Katra, the base camp of the Mata Vaishno Devi cave shrine visited by thousands of devotees. Drones were deployed over the forest areas to locate the missing terrorists.

A was launched by police, paramilitary forces as well as the and security around important installations was strengthened.

A was injured when they fired at him.

"After they were intercepted, they ran into a forest area between Jhajar Kotli and Nagrota. They spotted a forest guard, wearing a uniform and fired at him. He was injured and is stable," said Senior of Police (SSP), Jammu,

Though the men managed to escape, the and the conductor of the truck was caught.

Piecing together events of the morning from the interrogation of the driver, from Budgam in central Kashmir, officials said the trio infiltrated from the Kathua-Sambha border early Wednesday morning. They boarded the truck at Chak Dayala, a village about two to three kilometres from the international border.

The of the has taken the and his aide to the place in Jhajar Kotli where they were picked up, the officials said.

The three terrorists are believed to be part of the and had entered to carry out a 'fidayeen' (suicide) attack, a said.

"The recoveries, including medicines and dry fruits, made from the truck suggest that they are here to carry out a terror attack," he said.

Gupta added that an AK assault rifle and three magazines were seized from the truck.

Using the bypass road, the truck attempted to flee at a security checkpoint near Jhajar Kotli and was intercepted by security personnel after a few metres, officials said, giving details.

They said the men crossed over to the side through a 'nallah', or drain.

"This is being frequently used. The issue has been flagged but the BSF, which is mandated to man the international border, disputes it every time," an said.

A high alert was issued for areas along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway and the Jammu region after the incident.

The last time a terror incident happened in the Jammu region of the 294 km highway was in August 2015 when Lashker-e-Taiba terrorists fired at a (BSF) convoy, killing two personnel.

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 18:15 IST
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