Srinagar: Two militants have been killed in a brief shootout with government forces in Padguchi area of Imam Sahib in South Kashmir Shopian district on Saturday.
Reports said that a joint of army’s 44RR and SOG launched a cordon and search operation in an orchard at Padguchi area of Imam Sahib.
A senior Police officersaid that the cordon was launched following credible input about the presence of some militants in the area.
The officer said that soon after the joint team of forces arrived in the area, the militant opened indiscriminate fire which was retaliated leading to a brief shootout.
The officer identified the slain militants as Rahil Rashid Sheikh of Nunner Ganderbal and Bilal Ahmad resident of Keegam, Shopian.
Rahil, sources said was pursuing M.Tech in a college at Chandigarh and had gone missing last week. He had joined militant ranks on April 3. Both the slain militants were affiliated with Hizb-ul-Mujahideen outfit.
The officer said that search operation in the area is still going on.(GNS)