Two militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba and a head constable of the Special Operations Group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police were killed in a gun battle in the Kulgam area of south Kashmir on Monday.

Deputy Inspector General of Police south Kashmir, Vijay Kumar told The Hindu that SOG Kulgam, the Army and Central Reserve Police Force launched a cordon-and-search operation at Dadipora, 70 km from here on a tip-off. Two militants emerged from a hideout and began running towards the adjoining village of Kenipora.

The security personnel chased the militants, who fired at them killing head constable Niyaz Ahmad. In retaliatory fire, the police and armed forces gunned down both militants. The gunfight lasted about an hour.

Mr. Kumar, who was present during the operation, said that one militant was identified as Tameem, a Pakistani. His associate was Mudassar Ahmad Sheikh of Yamrach, Kulgam. Two AK-56 rifles, arms and ammunition were recovered from the slain militants.