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Arms recovered during searches: Police

Jammu, Sep 12: A forest guard was injured after suspected militants travelling on a truck opened fire on a police party in Jajjar Kotli area along the Srinagar-Jammu highway on Wednesday.

Soon after the incident, government forces launched a massive cordon and search operation in the area while high alert was sounded in Jammu region.

Police personnel, posted at a check post on the highway, signalled a truck to stop, but it sped away, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Jammu, Vivek Gupta was quoted as saying by PTI.

The truck was intercepted by a police team after a chase and the suspected militants fired on them from the vehicle before fleeing, he said.

However, the driver and the conductor of the truck were taken into custody, the SSP said.

Gupta said an AK assault rifle and three magazines were seized from the truck during a search.

“2-3 suspected militants who ran away from the truck are being chased. Police, army and CRPF activated. Cordon and search operation is on ahead of Suketar near Katra crossing national highway,” police said on Twitter.

Meanwhile, a high alert was sounded in the Jammu region after the incident. Security in and around important and strategic establishments was also increased, officials said.

The high alert was issued for areas along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway and the Jammu region after the incident, they said.

Security was increased at Katra, the base camp of the Mata Vaishno Devi cave shrine, and on all roads leading to the town, they said.

The officials said all checkpoints on the highway have been put on alert and vehicles are being checked.

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