Srinagar: Two militants were gunned down by security forces during an encounter which broke out earlier on Tuesday 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 police said it was ascertaining the identity of the two slain militants, the JeM issued a statement confirming that one of them was Azhar’s nephew.

The terror outfit paid tributes to him as well as the second militant whom it identified as “Showkat Ahmad”, a local.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Chaanketaar village of Tral in south Kashmir district this afternoon following specific inputs about the presence of militants in the area.

According to reports, an M-4 carbine was recovered from militants which was used for carrying out sniper attacks on security forces.

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

“The security forces have also recovered M-4 Carbine rifle from the encounter site which was possibly used by the group to carry out sniper attacks on security forces,” they said.

The repeated attempts by India, along with other countries like the US, France, and Britain to get Azhar designated as ‘global terrorist’ by the United Nations have been stonewalled by China, which has cited lack of consensus among the members of the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council.

China is the only country which has been opposing the proposal to designate Azhar in the list.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Azhar, the mastermind of several dastardly terror attacks in India, is bed-ridden with a life-threatening condition.

According to a Hindustan Times report, the 50-year-old wanted terrorist is suffering from ailments that have affected his spinal cord and kidney.

The report further cited official saying that Azhar has been confined to bed for the last 1.5 years and is believed to be undergoing treatment for his spinal cord and renal condition at the Combined Military Hospital in Rawalpindi.