Srinagar: Two terrorists were killed in an encounter that broke out between terrorists and security forces at Zagoo Arizal area in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir during wee hours on Thursday. A search and cordon operation was launched in the area after the forces received specific inputs of at least 2-3 terrorists hiding in the region.

One of the terrorists has been identified as Mukhtar A Khan, a local resident of Brass Arizal, Budgam. He was involved in attacks on security establishments. In the encounter, one army jawan sustained injuries, his condition is stable.

Meanwhile, angry residents took to streets to protest the encounter and pelted stones at the security forces. A media van was also vandalised in the attack by the locals. A video shared by news agency ANI shows residents, including women, pelting stones at jawans.

Earlier, briefing about the operation, Colonel AK Nair, Commanding Officer, 53 Rashtriya Rifles, had said. “Two terrorists were eliminated in the encounter. We had been tracking this group for some time, they were here probably to create unrest for upcoming Panchayat elections. We have recovered two-AK 47s and one pistol.”

The Budgam encounter comes a couple of days after two terrorists were gunned down by security forces during an encounter at Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. One of the slain militants was reportedly identified as Mohammad Usman, the nephew of Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, while the other was identified as Showkat Ahmad, a local. The forces recovered an M-4 carbine from militants.

Receiving specific inputs about the presence of militants in the area, security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in Chaanketaar village of Tral in south Kashmir district on Tuesday afternoon.

“Two bodies were recovered after a day-long encounter that broke in Chaanketaar village of Tral in Pulwama district,” officials said.

Meanwhile on October 26, an Indian Army soldier was killed in action and two terrorists were neutralised after an encounter broke out in Sopore town of Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

A day before, four terrorists were gunned down in an encounter in Bijbehara’s Arwani area of Anantnag district. The encounter broke out after police and security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the Khar Mohalla area of the district.