TWO MILITANTS KILLED IN PULWAMA ENCOUNTER

Two militants were reportedly killed by security forces in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, police said on Tuesday.

The affiliation and identity of the slain militants are being established, said the police.

A joint team of the Army’s 42 Rashtriya Rifles, CRPF’s 180 Battalion and the police’s special operation group threw a cordon around the Mir Mohalla of Tral area on Monday. The encounter began on Monday evening after security forces established contact with hiding militants in Awanipora’s Tral area.

The official said that in the ensuing gun battle that lasted nearly 12 hours, two local militants of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit were killed.

“The slain ultras have been identified as Adfar Fayaz Parray, resident of Gulshanpora in Tral, and Irfan Ahmad Rather, resident of Shariefabad in Tral,” he said.

The spokesperson said arms, ammunition and other incriminating materials were recovered from the encounter site.

He said a civilian, identified as Farooq Ahmad Malik, was hit by a stray bullet some distance from the encounter site, adding that Malik was undergoing treatment and his condition was stable.