Senior Superintendent of Police Kulgam on Thursday said that two terrorist which were gunned down last night in Kulgam District of Jammu and Kashmir belonged to Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and had multiple cases registered against them.
SSP Sridhar Patil said that the security forces got a tip off in connection with the presence of HM militants in the district following which they carried out the operation.
Patil further said that the encounter lasted for half an hour where the two militants namely Akib Itu and Sohail Rather were killed.
Both the militants were residents of Kulgam district.
The security officials also recovered one AK 47 rifle, magazines, ammunition and one INSAS rifle which belonged to a guard from Budgam.
"We got information about presence of militants of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit. During the encounter the terrorists tried to escape and fired upon our party. It lasted for half an hour in which we eliminated two terrorists of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, their names are Akib Itu and Sohail Rather, both residents of district Kulgam," said Patil.
"We have recovered one AK 47 rifle with magazine and ammunition and one INSAS rifle. The duo was involved in many cases."
The investigation in the matter is underway.
Two militants were killed in a brief gunfight with the security forces in South Kashmir's Kulgam district last last night.