"Two terrorists have  been gunned down so far by the army in an ongoing operation at Petha Wadar of Handwara area in the district," an army official said.

Acting on specific information about the presence of militants in the area, security forces last night launched a search operation there, he said.

The hiding militants fired upon the security forces triggering an encounter in which the two militants were killed, the official said.

He said the identity of the slain militants has not been ascertained yet.

The operation is in progress and further details are awaited, the official said.

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