The two militants killed in an encounter with the security forces in the Chawalgam area of South Kashmir's Kulgam district have been identified and one of them was a Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Jammu and Kashmir Police said on Friday.
"Killed terrorists identified as District commander of HM Shiraz Molvi and Yawar Bhat. Shiraz was active since 2016 and was involved in recruiting innocent youth into terror ranks and several civilian killings," police said.
'A Big Success for Us': Police
"A big success for us," police quoting Kashmir IGP Vijay Kumar said.
The gunfight took place on Thursday after a joint team of the police and the army cordoned off the area and launched a search operation on the basis of specific information about the presence of terrorists.
As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where the militants were hiding, they came under a heavy volume of fire that triggered the encounter.