Two suspected militants were killed during a gunfight with security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. Police said both militants were associated with the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist organisation, according to Greater Kashmir.
“Two militants have been killed in the Awantipora operation,” an unidentified police official said according to PTI, adding that arms and ammunition had been recovered from the site of the encounter. Officials said that a cordon and search operation was launched in Braw Bandina in Awantipora area of Pulwama after they received intelligence inputs about the presence of militants.
“The slain militants have been identified as Irfan Ahmad Degu alias Abu Zarar of Naina Litter Pulwama and Tasaduk Amin Shah of Kadlabal Pampore,” an unidentified police officer said. He said Degu was part of groups involved in planning and executing a series of attacks in Pulwama, and had committed atrocities on civilians. Shah is also accused of killing a militant.
The suspected militants reportedly fired while the security forces were conducting searches, following which the personnel retaliated. A team of the Indian Army’s 55 Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operations Group Pulwama, and Central Reserve Police Force were part of the operation, according to Global News Service.
Mobile internet services were suspended in the area as a precautionary measure.