The slain militants have been identified as Zubair Ahmad alias Musab, a resident of Nowpora, and Ishfaq Ahmad Bhat alias Amir, a resident of nearby Shopian district.
    
"Acting on specific information regarding the presence of armed militants in village Nowpora of Kulgam, security forces launched a cordon and search operation," a spokesman said.

The militants, according to the police, were hiding in the residence of village sarpanch Feroz Ahmad, a leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Militants opened fire on security personnel who retaliated killing two LeT militants in the gunbattle that lasted nearly three hours.
    
"The duo belonged to Ayatollah alias Ma'az sub-group of LeT and were active in South Kashmir," the spokesman said.
    
Two AK rifles and two pistols were recovered from the encounter site, the spokesman said.
    
He said Zubair was involved in the recent killing of Panch Ghulam Nabi Bhat at Wanpuh in Anantnag on May 9 and in the killing of a police constable in an attack at Arwani in Bijbehara on August 26 last year.

(JPN/Agencies)

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