Srinagar, July 3: In another encounter in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday morning, the security forces gunned down two terrorists in Pulwama’s Bamnoo while one more terrorist was holed up. One of the slain terrorists has been identified as Kifayat. Earlier on Sunday night, the Indian Army, J&K Police and CRPF had begun cordon and search operations in Pulwama’s Malangpora after terrorists were suspected to be have been trapped in the area.

However, reports say that the locals clashed with security forces and pelted stones, following which the terrorists reportedly managed to escape. Two of the terrorists have been reportedly identified as Hizbul Mujahideen top commander Reyaz Naikoo and his aide Saifulla Mir.

Earlier this month, a civilian was killed and 12 others were reportedly injured as clashes broke out between the security forces and the locals in the Pulwama district of south Kashmir a few hours after three Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were killed in an encounter.Reports say that this was the first successful counter-insurgency operation in the Pulwama area. The region is believed to have a large presence of local terrorists aided with a strong network of over ground workers, police officials informed PTI.

Following the encounter where three terrorists were killed, Colonel Ajit Kumar, 50 RR, said that the Army was not affected by the stone pelting during the operation as it was handled very well by the Pulwama Police. “The army was not affected by the stone pelting during the operation as it was handled very well by Pulwama police. Two of the 3 terrorist killed yesterday were from my area (Battalion), there was presence of 12 active terrorist, now two down and 10 more to go,” he added.