Three JeM terrorists, killed in a gunfight near a toll plaza here, had left an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) under a hoarding on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway which another member of the module was to use to target security forces, police said on Saturday.
The Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists also carried ‘armoured piercing steel core ammunition’ which can go through Level 3 protection bulletproof vehicles that police and other security forces use, they said.
The ammunition was in large quantity and could have posed a grave threat, top police officials said. The terrorists were killed in a fierce gunbattle with police at Bann Toll Plazaa near Nagrota, about 28 km from Jammu city, officials said.
The operation was called off after eliminating all the three terrorists but vigilance will still be carried out in the area, they added. The truck-borne terrorists carried with them a powerful ready-to-use IED from across the border to carry out attack against the security forces on the highway, they said.
They had “dumped it at a convenient location” near a hoarding on the highway to be used by a third person of their module, who is currently in Jammu, they said. Truck driver Sameer Dar, conductor Asif Malik and another over ground worker (OGW) were arrested.
Based on the disclosure during questioning of the three OWGs, a police team and bomb disposal squad swung into action and defused the IED fitted with RDX, grenades and other material and placed under a hoarding at Nagrota on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the officials said.
Efforts are on track down the person of the JeM module in Jammu who was to plant IED to target security forces, they said.