New Delhi: Four terrorists have been killed by security forces in Panjran, Lassipora area of south Kashmir‘s Pulwama district on Friday. Three AK-series rifles have also been recovered from their possession. The militants reportedly belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit.

If reports are to be believed, two Special Police Officers (SPOs), who were missing, are among the terrorists killed. The duo had decamped with their weapons to join the JeM.

The terrorists have been identified as–Ashiq Ahmad of Panjran Pulwama, Imran Ahmad of Arihal Pulwama, Shabir Ahmad of Tujan Pulwama (deserted SPO) and Salman Khan of Uthmula Keegam Shopian (deserted SPO).

The encounter broke broke yesterday evening when the militants opened fire upon the security forces, who had launched cordon and search operation (CASO) following the inputs about the presence of terrorists in the area.

“As the security forces neared the militants, they opened fire at the security forces, triggering an encounter,” a police officer had said. The security forces had gunned down one militant on Thursday.

As a precautionary measure, the authorities have suspended mobile internet services in Pulwama.

More details awaited.