Srinagar: Two terrorists were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar on Saturday. The breakthrough against terror comes on a day when India is celebrating its 70th Republic Day.

The security forces launched a cordon and search operation following information about presence of militants in the area, informed a police official.

The search turned into a gun battle after militants opened firing on security forces, he said.

The policeman also said that two militants were killed in the operation, adding that their identity and group affiliation have not been ascertained yet.

On January 23, three terrorists were gunned down during an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla.

The encounter broke out in Binner area of Baramulla district after security forces launched a cordon and search operation following information about presence of militants in the area.

Out of the total 256 militants killed in 2018, south Kashmir recorded the highest number of killings (127 terrorists) followed by north Kashmir (93 terrorists) and central Kashmir (24 terrorists). Nine terrorists were killed in Jammu region last year.