After carrying out search operations for 13 days, security forces on Monday arrested two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists from Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, both the arrested terrorists are said to be the residents of Rajouri district.
"In an early morning operation, J&K Police along with other security forces caught two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists from Ganderbal, Kashmir. Arms & ammunition including AK-47 rifles have been recovered from their possession," Jammu and Kashmir Police sources were quoted as saying by ANI.
Earlier on Tuesday, two terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district. A gun battle broke out between militants and security forces on the outskirts of Awantipora town in the morning following a tip-off about the presence of ultras in the area.
"Two terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Taiba were eliminated in the operation. They have been identified as Ufaid Farooq Lone and Abbas Bhat," DIG south Kashmir Atul Kumar Goel said in a video posted on official Twitter account of the Kashmir Zone Police.
"Both these were involved in heinous acts of terrorism as well as civilian atrocities," he said. Goel said a large quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered at the encounter site.
Police said Lone was active since July 2018. He was involved in several militancy-related incidents in the past over one year, they said.
He had been threatening shopkeepers against the opening of shops following the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370, police said.