Sundebani: Four terrorists, who were part of a suicide squad, were on Wednesday killed in a day-long encounter with security forces in the Sunderbani area of Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, the police said.
The fidayeen, or suicide attackers, had infiltrated into the Indian territory from across the Line of Control (LoC) about four-five days ago, prompting security forces to launch a search operation in the area.
Authorities had ordered the closure of educational institutions in the Sunderbani tehsil in view of the search operation. This is the second major terror incident in the Jammu region this year.
"Security forces today eliminated a group of four fidayeen in the Sunderbani area in a well-coordinated day-long operation," Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Rajouri, Yougal Manhas said. "Four terrorists have been killed in the encounter," J&K's DirectorGeneral of Police (DGP) S P Vaid confirmed.
No injury was reported to anyone in the gunfight with the terrorists, he said. The encounter broke out in the Nowshera-Sunderbani belt after the group of infiltrating terrorists was intercepted by the security forces early today, the DGP said.
The SSP said the search operation in the villages of Sunderbani had been going on for four days. Last night, a joint column of police, Army and BSF launched a search in the Rawariya Talla area near a security establishment on the basis of a strong input.
"Today morning, the terrorists, who were hiding in the bushes, fired at a search party, following which the police, Army and BSF cordoned off the entire area. Reinforcements were rushed to the spot and a fierce gunfight started," Manhas said.
In the day-long operation, four terrorists of a fidayeen group were gunned down. Their identities are yet to be ascertained, the officer said. The SSP said the police suspect the terrorists are foreigners.
"The terrorists were carrying a big stash of arms and ammunition to carry out a major attack which has been foiled successfully," the SSP said. Security forces recovered their bodies and a large cache of arms and ammunition from the spot, he said.