Srinagar: Four terrorists were arrested on Sunday morning after a brief gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district as they tried to cross the Line of Control (LoC).
The newly recruited terrorists of the Al Badr group were surrounded by a team of the army and the state police, who asked them to surrender after a gunfight, the army said in a statement.
While four of the terrorists surrendered, three others escaped even as there was heavy firing at Handwara in the district, about 70 km from state capital Srinagar.
"On receipt of credible information about four newly recruited terrorists being guided by three terrorists of Al Badr for a planned exfiltration, the army in a joint ops with police laid an ambush and trapped the terrorists," the army said in the statement.
"After a brief gunfight, extreme restraint was exercised and opportunity given to the terrorists to surrender," it said.
The arrested terrorists were carrying "warlike stores", indicating they were preparing for a strike, the army said.