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Police on Thursday issued a following a statement regarding the Kakriyal gunfight saying that on Wednesday at about 0805 hours during checking by flying squad at Domail, Police Party signaled a truck bearing No.JK03-1476 which was on its way from Jammu to Srinagar to stop. In the meantime, 03 militants who were boarding the said truck opened fire.

A police spokesperson in a statement said that one person received bullet injury and the militants managed to escape in the forest area of Jhajjar Kotli.

“Truck was seized and driver and helper were arrested. One AK-56, loaded magazines, one Chinese Pistol, and other incriminating material was recovered from the site,” the spokesman said.

“To track the militants massive Cordon and Search Operations were launched by Police, CRPF, and Army in the villages near Katra. The security components of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine were also alerted.  A lookout notice was issued through social and mass media,” he added.

“Three SSP’s of Reasi, Udhampur, Jammu, Addl. SP Katra and SDPO Nagrota rushed to the spot after receiving information. DIG Jammu Bhim Sen Tuti commanded the operations along with Army and CRPF, IGP Jammu Dr S.D Singh Jamwal who was at Delhi for a meeting rushed back and joined the operations,” the spokesman said.

“The vast area was kept under tight cordon during the night and with daybreak, contact was established after terrorists were tracked at Kakrayal. The exchange of fire continued till 5 pm this evening. In this encounter, all the three terrorists were neutralized. SDPO Nagrota two officers of CRPF and some police and security force men were injured,” he said.

“It seems a case of fresh infiltration of yesterday morning from Pakistan most likely from Hiranagar belt of International Border. These militants had come from Pakistan to disturb the peace and cause violence against the people of the state,” the spokesman added.

“Preliminary investigation points that the militants belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammad. Bodies of all the three militants have been recovered. Arms and ammunition have also been recovered from the slain militants,” he said.


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