The truck was ferrying terrorists who started firing at the joint team of SOG and CRPF personnel. Security personnel supervising the operation said they set the truck ablaze after grenades started blasting inside it.
The encounter began at 5am this morning when a group of terrorists moving towards Srinagar when they were cornered at the toll plaza near Nagrota. The Army also joined the operation.
Police said they were verifying the identities of those killed [Channi Anand/AP Photo] Police said they were verifying the identities of those killed. Police have got hold of a few phone numbers from the mobile phone recovered with the terrorists and are now probing the device.
Last week, Pakistan had presented "irrefutable evidence" of India's sponsorship of terrorism in the country and called on the worldwide community to take notice. "This will be probed in detail", a top official probing the JeM activities in the area revealed on condition of anonymity.
The report suggests that more than 250 terrorists after completing their arms training in jihadi factories are waiting at several launch pads along the Line of Control and global border, looking for opportune moments to sneak into the Indian side.
Pakistan has been warning the global community since a year ago about India government's intention to launch a false flag operation against it in a bid to divert the world's attention from its illegal action of revoking the IIOJK's autonomy and human rights violations being committed by occupation forces in the disputed Himalayan territory.
As reinforcements from the nearby army camp in Nagrota also arrived, flamethrowers were used to contain the terrorists which resulted in several blasts.
A huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosive material was recovered including 11 AK rifles, 3 pistols, 29 grenades and 6 UBGL grenades, he said.
"We had inputs about infiltration by Lashkar and Jaish terrorists from Pakistan, hence we were alert". It appears their modus operandi was something big and they were on way to Kashmir valley.
According to the police, the truck driver managed to flee the spot.
The terrorists had come to execute a "big plan" which has now been foiled, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu, Mukesh Singh, said. "This good work must continue in earnest", he added.
Meanwhile, as many as 12 civilians were injured after terrorists lobbed a grenade at security forces in the Kakapora area of South Kashmir's Pulwama district on Wednesday.
DDC polls will be held from November 28 to December 22. Since the case is similar to several such previous attempts by Pakistani terror outfit JeM, the case could be transferred to the NIA.