Two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir's Anantnag town this morning following an intelligence tip-off about their presence inside a house, police said.
A joint team of the police, CRPF, and Army cordoned off a house at Mehman Mohalla, Lal Chowk of the town.
This was the first operation within Anantnag town after a 12-year gap.
Encounter was difficult as accused were hiding in crowded locality
Inspector General of Police (Kashmir range) Swayam Prakash Pani said, "This was a difficult operation as it was in a crowded locality. All civilians were evacuated and the room intervention team completed the operation. There was no collateral damage."
Bilal Ahmad Dar
One of the slain terrorists belonged to Kulgam
One of the slain terrorists was identified as Bilal Ahmad Dar alias Bin Yamin Dar, a resident of Kulgam, the police said.
As per police records, 26-year-old Bilal passed Class 12th and joined militancy in June 2017.
He was involved in series of terror acts and was a close Shakoor Dar, divisional commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba, who was killed earlier this month, they said.