Jammu | Jagran News Desk: Three armed terrorists belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammed group were arrested on Thursday in Kathua near the Punjab-Jammu and Kashmir border. Also, a truck loaded with arms and ammunition was seized during the counter-terror operation. 

SSP Kathua Sridhar Patil said that four AK-56, two AK-47 rifles, six magazines and 180 live rounds of bullets were recovered from the seized truck. 

The terrorists were held in Lakhanpur town of Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir.   

Inspector General of Police, Jammu, Makesh Singh said that the truck was intercepted at 8.00 am on the Jammu-Pathankot Highway. He also said that the truck was on its way to Kashmir from Bamyal, Punjab.   

"A truck was intercepted at 8.00 am on the Jammu-Pathankot Highway and during checking six AK-47 rifles were seized," Inspector General of Police, Jammu, Makesh Singh told news agency PTI.

"The truck was on its way to Kashmir from Bamyal area of Punjab," he added.

"The three arrested are Ubaid-ul-Islam resident of Pulwama, Jahangir Ahmed Parrey resident of Budgam and Sabeel Ahmed Baba resident of Pulwama," the police added.

Reports suggest that the terrorists managed to sneak into the Valley from across the border and were planning a major attack in Jammu and Kashmir. 

It is believed that either of these suspected militants infiltrated from across the International Border via Bamyal border in Pathankot with the help of over-ground workers to the Kashmir Valley.

The incident comes a day after the security forces gunned down a suspected member of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Asif Maqbool Bhat, who was accused of attacking the family of a fruit trader. 

A report had yesterday claimed that Pakistan has revived seven terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and is planning to infiltrate around 275 terrorists into the Valley.

The spike in terrorist activities in the Valley have been on a rise ever since the government revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. A flustered Pakistan has criticised the decision and has been making desperate attempts to internationalise the Kashmir issue. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta