J&K: Four terrorists gunned down in Nagrota district

Police said they were verifying the identities of those killed Police said they were verifying the identities of those killed

Four suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists were killed and two policemen injured in a gunbattle in Nagrota on Thursday after a truck carrying newly infiltrated militants was intercepted, police had said. Thereafter, the terrorists fled towards the forest area where they were trapped and the encounter broke out.

Two jawans of the special operations group of Jammu and Kashmir police also received injuries and were undergoing treatment in the Government Medical College hospital in Jammu.

Giving details of the encounter, IGP Singh told a press conference in Jammu that during checking a truck was stopped at Ban toll plaza in Nagrota area at 5 am but the driver fled leaving behind the vehicle.

Preliminary investigations so far revealed the registration number Jk01AL 1055 was fake.

"The truck caught fire and a few grenades exploded inside it during the exchange of fire", Mukesh Singh, Inspector General of Police (Jammu zone), said. Reacting to the success of the security forces, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha had said, "No outside force can derail us from our mission of peace and progress".

The terrorists are suspected to have infiltrated through the global border somewhere near Samba district of Jammu and boarded the truck with a cache of arms, ammunition and Pakistan made medicines. Security has also been tightened in the Nagrota area. The police recovered 11 AK-47 rifles, three pistols, 29 grenades, explosives and other devices, including mobile phones and medicines, with Pakistani markings.

The highway has been closed for vehicular traffic, they said.

Indian soldiers leave a gun battle site after a suspected militant commander was killed in a gun battle between Indian security forces and suspected militants, at Rangreth on the outskirts of Srinagar, November 1, 2020.

Modi added that the security forces' action was an example of the "utmost bravery" and professionalism.

He said there were apprehensions about militants targeting the elections, but the security forces were fully prepared to deal with the situation. "Around the same time, the terrorists hiding inside the truck lobbed a grenade and opened indiscriminate firing leading to a fierce gunfight".

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