Four newly recruited terrorists, along with warlike stores, were arrested on Sunday from the upper reaches of Handwara's Kalaroos region, while they were attempting to exfiltrate across the Line of Control.
The terrorists, who were recruited by Al Badr for a planned exfiltration, were trapped after the army and local police laid an ambush.
Al Badr is an Islamic terrorist group operating in the Jammu Kashmir region.
In a statement the Army said, "After a brief gunfight, extreme restraint was exercised and opportunity given to the terrorists to surrender. While the four newly recruited terrorists surrendered, the three Al Badr terrorists deserted the new recruits and fled under cover of fire."
The statement added that the search to trace the other terrorists is underway.
Jammu and Kashmir is reeling under tense situation due to several terrorist attacks. On Saturday, the army busted three hideouts of terrorists and arrested a key Over Ground Worker (OGW) in South Kashmir's Pulwama district.
On August 22, a policeman was shot dead by terrorists in Kulgam district outside an Eidgah, when he was leaving after Eid prayers.