Two top Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Kulgam district of South Kashmir on Monday morning.

On a tip off that the two militants were hiding in a house at Qaimoh, 70 kms from here, police assisted by security forces cordoned the village in the wee hours.

As the joint search party came near the house, the militants hiding there opened indiscriminate fire prompting the police to retaliate and in the ensuing gun battle the two militants were killed, Superintendent of Police, Kulgam, Keshav Ram told PTI.

The militants were identified as Ashraf Maulvi and Raouf Ahmad Bhat.