"Based on specific intelligence about presence of terrorists in Ratsuna area of Tral, a joint operation was launched by Rashtriya Rifles units of Army and the Special Operations Group (of Police) resulting in the killing of two hardcore terrorists," a Defence Spokesman said .

The operation was launched last night and ended in wee hours today.

The security forces recovered two AK-47 rifles, six AK magazines and 90 rounds of AK ammunition from the scene of the encounter.

The slain militants have been identified as Shabir Mir and Idris Ahmad Shah, both local residents of Tral area. They were affiliated to Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, the spokesman said.

This is second success for the security forces this week. Two militants were killed in Zainapora area of Shopian in south Kashmir on February 25.

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