Srinagar: Two terrorists were killed in an encounter with the security forces on Friday in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. Five Indian Army jawans are believed to be injured in the firing that broke out during wee hours in Sutsu village. Currently, the search operation is underway in the region. One terrorist is still believed to be trapped.

Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said the militants were killed in an encounter in Nowgam, on the outskirts of Srinagar city. As per sources close to Zee News, the terrorists are said to be affiliated with Masood Azhar-led Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). An M4 rifle and AK47 has been recovered from the site of encounter. Notably, M4 is a weapon used to target forces from long distance and is mostly found in Sataa area of Pakistan.

Earlier on Thursday, three terrorists were neutralised following an intense gunfight with the security forces in Keller area of Shopian district in the state. The encounter was carried out by a joint search party of the CRPF, Indian Army and the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

“The terrorists killed in the encounter in Shopian district, earlier today, have been identified as Sajad Khanday, Aqib Ahmad Dar and Basharat Ahmad Mir, all residents of Pulwama. It was a combined group of terror outfits Hizbul Mujahideen and LeT,” a statement released by the Jammu and Kashmir Police over the Shopian encounter read.

At least six terrorists have been killed in the state in past 24 hours whereas one has been captured alive.

Meanwhile, Pakistan yet again violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Mankote sector of Poonch. The Indian Army is strongly retaliating to the cross-border shelling of mortars.