Two suspected Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in a gunfight with security forces in Tikken area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday, Inspector General of Police SP Pani told ANI. The identities of the two suspected militants are being verified, the police said.

Authorities suspended mobile internet services in the district during the encounter, Greater Kashmir reported.

An unidentified police spokesperson said a team of Special Operations Group of the police, Army and Central Reserve Police Force personnel launched a cordon and search operation in Tikken after receiving specific information about the presence of militants, reported Kashmir Reader.

When the security forces advanced into the village, the suspected militants opened fire. Arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of the counter, the police said.

Senior Superintendent of Police in Pulwama Chandan Kohli told GNS that the two killed were local residents.

On Friday, a suspected militant belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammed was killed in a gunfight with police personnel in the district’s Tral area.