Srinagar/UNI: Two hybrid militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad have been arrested in north Kashmir on Tuesday morning, police said.
They said the two were arrested by joint forces in the Pattan area of Baramulla and were planning to target panchayat members and non locals.
"Based on specific reliable inputs regarding movement of two terrorists in a vehicle towards Srinagar, Mobile vehicle check posts of (Army's) 29 RR, JKP and SSB were placed at various spots along the national highway and surrounding bylanes.
"A speeding Tavera in a suspicious manner was signaled to stop. The vehicle stopped abruptly and two driver & co-driver jumped off the vehicle and fled towards nearby wooded orchard area.
"Joint parties gave chase to the two and the duo were nabbed," a statement by Baramulla police said.
The two were identified as Aqib Mohd Mir and Danish Ahmad Dar, both residents of Sopore.
"The seizure and search of the vehicle led to the recovery of incriminating materials including two Chinese pistols, 2 pistol magazines, ammunition 10 rounds and two Chinese grenades. The vehicle in which they were travelling has been seized," it added.
"So far in the investigation, it has transpired that the duo belong to JeM hybrid module and were looking for targeting of Panchayat representatives, minority members and outsiders," police said.
"The successful apprehension of the terrorists has foiled major terror plots and busted a module that was aiding the execution of various terror attacks including the killing of sarpanches etc," police said, adding further investigation is underway.