Three militants, who had attacked a police party Wednesday, were killed in an encounter near Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University at Kakriyal, opposite Jhajhar Kotli along Jammu-Srinagar highway on Thursday. Earlier, two of the three militants were gunned down by the security forces and the third one was trapped. Later in the evening, officials confirmed that the third terrorist was also killed in the encounter that lasted several hours.
Eight security personnel including a deputy superintendent of police were injured in the encounter that was barely five km away from the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi university and super specialty hospital.
The truck driver identified as Riyaz Ahmed from Pulwama, and one Mohammad Iqbal, who was also on the truck, was arrested on Wednesday and their truck seized.
A senior police officer said that around 8:15 pm on Wednesday, the three militants, fleeing after the attack on the check-post near Jhajjar Kotli area, held the family of Sudershan Khajuria at a village in Jhajjar Kotli till 9:30 pm and then took some biscuits and apples from the family before leaving their house.
Sudershan added that they offered his family money to take them to the Valley. His family, however, refused to guide them. They also enquired about a nearby mosque. When they were told there was none in the village, the militants departed towards the highway. They warned the family against raising an alarm. Officials believe the militants infiltrated J&K from Pakistan recently and boarded a Srinagar-bound truck on Wednesday, from which they opened fire at the police party.