Srinagar, Jan 12: Two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces which ensued during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in south Kashmir district of Pulwama on Sunday.
Official sources told UNI that following specific information about presence of militants, a joint search operation was launched by Special Operations Group (SOG) of J&K police, Army and CRPF at Gulshanpora forest area in Tral.
However, they said when security forces were moving towards a particular area in the forest, the militants hiding there, fired at them with automatic weapons. 'The security forces retaliated, ensuing in an encounter,' they said.
They said two militants were killed in the exchange of fire. 'Additional security forces were rushed to further cordon off the area to foil any attempts by the militants to escape,' they said.
They said two to three militants are reportedly trapped in the area. 'As the exchange of fire was going on, the bodies of the slain militants could not be recovered,' they said, adding the operation was still going when the reports last came in.
The encounter comes just hours after two Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants and a senior police officer were arrested on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway when they were on way to Delhi. (UNI)