Srinagar: The security forces on Tuesday killed two dreaded militants, who were holed up in south Kashmir's Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir, several hours after launching a massive operation to nab them.
The killing of the two militants also brought an end to the overnight operation, which was launched by the security forces to nab them.
According to a police official, the security forces intensified the search operation after the holed up militants opened fire on the security personnel involved in the operation earlier this morning.
Acting on specific input about the presence of militants in Ratnipora area of the district, a joint team of police and army had cordoned off the area and launched a search operation late yesterday.
As the search operation was on, the hiding militants fired upon the security forces. The forces retaliated triggering an encounter, police said.
Meanwhile, protests broke out in the surrounding areas of Rantipora this morning after the encounter resumed.
According to the police, some youth in the surrounding area of the encounter site engaged in minor stone pelting on the security forces.
The protests were going on when the last reports came in, police said, adding no one was injured in the clashes.
With PTI inputs