Two militants, including a self-styled Hizbul Mujahideen commander, were killed in a gunbattle with troops in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.

Acting on a tip off, troops of 26 Rashtriya Rifles and police launched a search operation in Manoi area of Gandoh tehsil, 240-km from Jammu, last evening, a senior army official said.

During the search operation, militants fired on the troops, who retaliated resulting in a firefight at the hideout, he said.

In the gunbattle, which ended this morning, two militants of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit were killed, he said adding the militants were identified as Tanvir Ahmed, a self-styled commander and Ujjawar.

Both of them were close associates of self-styled Hizbul divisional commander Shahdin alias Sabbir Shah.

Two AK rifles, magazines and grenades have been recovered from the spot of the encounter.