Srinagar, Oct 28: Two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants, including a Pakistani, were killed in an encounter in the central Kashmir district of Budgam, official sources said on Wednesday.
A soldier was also injured in the encounter which has now ended, sources said.
They said troops of Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF launched a joint CASO at Akbar colony Mouchwa in Badgam following a tip off about the presence of militants last night.
However, an encounter ensued after forces came under heavy fire from militants hiding there.
However, due to darkness operation was stopped late last night though the entire area remained under tight cordon, they said. They said this morning with the first light, forces launched all out offensive against the holed up militants, who were firing continuously.
The forces blasted the house from where militants were firing, they said, adding later bodies of both the militants were recovered.
One AK rifle and one pistol besides magazines and other arms and ammunition were recovered from the slain JeM militants.
The residents of the adjacent areas said they heard loud explosions and heavy firing last night and early this morning.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar said militants were given chance to surrender but they continued firing.
He identified the slain militants as a Pakistani militant Khalid Ilyas and Javaid Ahmed, a resident of Pulwama.
The IGP said role of Ilyas in highway attacks can’t be ruled out and police was investigating their involvement.