07/04/2016 9:46 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Two Militants Killed In Shopian District Of J&K

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PAMPORE, KASHMIR-INDIA FEBRUARY 22: Special operation group cops patrol nearthe encounter site in Pampore some 15 kilometers from Srinagar the summer capital of Indian controlled Kashmir on February 22, 2016.N ine persons including two Indian army captains, three CRPF soldiers, three militants and a civilian were killed when suspected militants attacked a military convoy on Srinagar National highway near Pampore, the militants then took refuge in a nearby government building where a fierce gunbattle between government forces and militants took place, Indian army said. (Photo by Faisal Khan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

SRINAGAR -- Two wanted Hizbul Mujahideen militants, including a former policeman, were killed today in a gun battle with security forces in Shopian district of south Kashmir.

An encounter broke out between security forces and militants in Vehil village of Shopian, 55km from Srinagar, after the troops of 62 Rashtriya Rifles launched a search operation in the area, an army official said.

He said two militants were killed in the encounter. Two weapons were recovered from the militants.

The official said the dead militants were identified as Naseer Ahmad, Pandit and Inamul Haq alias Waseem Malla, both wanted militants of Hizbul Mujahideen.

Pandit had joined militant ranks after deserting police force last year. He was posted on security duty at the residence of PDP MLA and then worked for minister Altaf Bukhari at the time of quitting the force.

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