Two militants were killed in a fierce gun battle with security forces who smashed two ultra hideouts and seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition in Kashmir valley on Saturday.

Security forces, acting on specific information that some militants were hiding in Shah Nagri Forest in Handwara, about 80 km from Srinagar, cordoned off the area, official sources said.

As the troops zeroed in on the militants, they opened fire triggering a gun battle in which two ultras were killed, they said.

The identity and group affiliations of the slain ultras were yet to be ascertained, the sources said.

Security forces also busted two militant hideouts and seized a large quantity of arms and ammunition in the valley.

A hideout each was smashed in Tral belt in Southern Pulwama and in Kangan area in Ganderbal district, the sources said.

The seizure included two rifles, five rockets, several hand grenades, an Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL), an IED fitted on a gas cylinder, a Pak-made pistol and an AK magazine with 14 rounds.

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