Army helicopters have been pressed into service to locate Lashker-e-Taiba militants in Ledhu forests of South Kashmir as Jammu and Kashmir Police and Army mounted its offensive against terrorists holed up in the jungles.
State home department sources said the encounter in the forest area began two days back after a militant involved in a car bombing at downtown city was arrested and he told the police that perpetrators of the blast,which killed four people,were staying in the jungles.
The jungles stretches from Khrew and Tral area of South Kashmir.
Two of the eight terrorists had been killed while the remaining militants,mainly Pakistani nationals,were still hiding in the jungles. Army helicopters had been pressed into service to locate them,the sources said.
During the operations,the police smashed the hideout of the militants where they found nearly five qunital of rations,edible oil,blankets and other essential items suggestive of the fact that terrorists were planning to stay in the jungles for long,the sources said.
The tip-off was received after an arrest of a truck driver who had provided logistical support to the militants in planting a car bomb outside Central Jail last month in which three policemen and a woman were killed and 10 security personnel suffered injuries.