The Jammu and Kashmir police on Thursday foiled an exfiltration bid and arrested eight youth in Srinagar, who were planning to cross the border for arms training in PoK.
The youth, mostly minors in the age group of 13 to 18 years, belong to the south Kashmir district of Shopian. This is the first such attempt in 2010 that has been thwarted by the police.
According to sources, the boys were picked up by the special operations group of Jammu and Kashmir police following a tip off. The group was intercepted in Parimpora area of Srinagar, near a police check point.
Police officials, however, are tightlipped about the details of the arrested boys and are not confirming or denying the arrests.
However, according to police sources, the youth were lured by militant operatives in south Kashmir and were being shifted to the LoC in north Kashmir, from where they were to be sent across for arms training.
Initial interrogation of the boys has revealed that Hizbul Mujahideen was behind the attempt, but police sources say that they cannot rule out the hand of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba.