Two militants died on Sunday in an encounter with the Jammu and Kashmir Police and security forces in Kulgam district of south Kashmir.

Deputy Inspector General of Police South Kashmir Vijay Kumar told The Hindu that the Police, Army and Central Reserve Police Force launched a cordon-and-search operation on receiving specific information about the presence of two local militants at their hideout at Nowpora, Frisal, 60 km from Srinagar. He said that both the militants died in the gunfight and their bodies were being recovered from the debris of their hideout which was destroyed.

The DIG, who supervised the operation with senior officials of the Army's Victor Force, said that both the militants were reportedly the local cadre of Hizbul Mujahideen but their identification was still underway.

Another police source said that the slain militants were believed to have shot dead a Panchayat member at Wanpoh, Kulgam, earlier this month.

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