Srinagar, Dec 31: Two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants were killed in an overnight encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, police said today. Also Read - Pulwama 2-year Anniversary: Netizens Remember Sacrifice of 40 CRPF Soldiers Who Were Martyred on February 14, 2019

Security forces cordoned off Gursoo area in Pulwama district last evening following information about presence of militants in the area, a police official said. He said the security forces launched house to house searches in order to flush out the militants. “At around 3 AM, the militants tried to escape from the house where they were hiding. They were challenged by the security forces and asked to surrender,” the official said. He said the militants opened firing on the security force who retaliated, resulting in the death of the two ultras. (ALSO READ: Retribution from terrorists decreased in Pakistan: Raheel Sharif) Also Read - PDP Youth Wing President Waheed Para Arrested Again After Bail in Terror Funding Case, Mehbooba Mufti Calls 'Vendetta'

The bodies of the militants were recovered this morning. One of the slain militants was identified as Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, a resident of nearby Samboora village. The identity of the other militant, believed to be a foreigner, was being ascertained, the official said. Both the militants were affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit, the official said adding, two AK rifles were recovered from the scene of the gunbattle. Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir: Seven Civilians Injured After Terrorists Throw Grenade at Security Forces Near Tral Bus Stand