Terror threat looms large on areas in Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir adjoining Pakistan, as more than 12 Pakistani suicide bombers are suspected to be hiding either in the remote villages of J&K or in the huts of the Gujjar tribe in Punjab, according to a report.
The suspected terrorists are said to have sneaked into the border villages and towns of the two state during the last three months. They have managed to evade the eyes of Indian security agencies and have mingled with the locals, according to an India Today report.
Mohammed Naved, the Pakistani terrorist, told Indian interrogators at least 11 more terrorists were waiting to cross the border the day he intruded into India.
Naved was captured alive after he and another terrorist, Noman, attacked a BSF convoy, killing two jawans and injuring eight others in Udhampur on 5 August. Noman was killed in the retaliatory attack by the BSF.
Naved also spoke about two more terrorists with whom he and Noman had gone to Lal Chowk in Srinagar to receive money. Their whereabouts are not known as yet.
The two terrorists are suspected to be hiding in the remote areas of the two states, along with the locals, making it difficult for the security personnel to identify them.
The National Investigation Agency and security forces have launched a manhunt in Kashmir valley to hunt down the hiding terrorists.
Security has also been tightened in Punjab near the Indo-Pak border and security forces are keeping track on the hutments of the Gujjar tribe, which allegedly supports terrorists.
In view of the recent terror attacks and threats following 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon's hanging on 30 July, intelligence agencies have issued an alert for possible terror attacks on or before Independence Day on 15 August.