Two militants of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen outfit were killed in a gunfight with the government forces in Khrew area of Awantipora in south Kashmir on Thursday morning, police said.
“As the searches were going on, the search party was fired upon by the militants. The fire was retaliated, leading to a gunfight,” he said.
In the ensuing gunfight, he said, two militants were killed.
The slain militants are Adnan Ahmad Lone alias Uqaab son of Ghulam Mohammad Lone resident of Braw Bandina, Awantipora and Adil Bilal Bhat alias Umair Al-Hizbi son of Bilal Ahmad Bhat resident of Malangpora, Pulwama. Both were associated with Hizb-ul-Mujahideen outfit.
As reported earlier a pre dawn cordon and search operation (CASO) was launched jointly by Police, Army and paramilitary CRPF after receiving intelligence inputs about the presence of militants at Sharshali village of Khrew.
“Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter,” said the spokesman.