Indian security forces have killed two militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Tral after an overnight encounter. According to reports, of the two militants killed one is top Hizbul Mujahideen and another one is a Pak national. A J&K Police constable has lost his life in the encounter. Â
It was speculated that the Burhan Wani's successor Sabzar Ahmad Bhat was trapped in TralÂ and his capture was the objective of the encounter. However, the news has not be confirmed yet.Â
Officials sources said special forces of the Army were deployed to carry out a combing operation in the area in south Kashmir.
The gunfight broke out late evening after security forces cordoned off the house and is still continuing.
The J&K police constable has been identified as Manzoor Ahmed, officials said.
The body of a Pakistani militant has been recovered and search is on for others, they said.
Curfew has been clamped in this area, 10 km from here, as protesters had gathered near the encounter site. A CRPF jawanâ€™s rifle was snatched by them, they said.
Half of the house was brought down by the security forces but militants were still firing on them.
The poster boy of banned Hizbul Mujahideen terror outfit, Burhan Wani, belonged to this area.
(With Inputs from PTI)
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