Sources said investigative agencies had retrieved some text messages believed to have originated from the handlers of the terrorists in Pakistan from the mobile phone recovered from the truck in which they were travelling.
One of the text messages shared with the media reads, “Kahan pahunche, kya soort e haal hai. Koi mushkil toh nahin (Where have you reached? How are things there? I hope no trouble so far).”
The security forces recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition including Pakistan-made digital radios and mobile handsets (model MPD-2505), Pakistani SIM cards, a wireless set, a GPS device and shoes manufactured in Pakistan.
A guide is believed to have facilitated the entry of terrorists to the Jammu-Pathankot highway, from where they boarded a truck and investigating agencies have launched a massive manhunt to nab the guide.
Security forces recovered Karachi-manufactured medicines and other items, suggesting Pakistani involvement in the attempt of infiltration.
The handler of the slain terrorists was JeM founder Maulana Masood Azhar’s brother Abdul Rauf Asgar.
The terrorists had infiltrated into India from the Samba Sector on 18-19 November to carry out a Pulwama-scale terror strike under the orders of Azhar’s brother who, in turn, had received the green signal from Pakistan’s notorious spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
The terrorists sneaked into Indian territory in Samba Sector by using a network of nullahs in the riverine border areas. They were then picked up in a truck near Jatwal.
The security forces that had cornered the terrorists at the Ban Toll Plaza gave them an option to surrender. However, they raised slogans of “Allah-o-Akbar, Islam Zindabad, Pakistan Zindabad” and “Jaish Zindabad” and started firing indiscriminately at the soldiers.