Acting on warning, Army help by police launched search operation in Chattergul forests in Kangan area, 50 kms from Srinagar, on the Srinagar-Leh road, official sources said. They said that contact was established with a group of militants, who opened fire on the security forces.
The security forces returned the firing, triggering a gunbattle, which was going on till last reports came in, the sources said.
“The militants holed up inside a house were challenged to surrender, but opened fire at the surrounding troops, triggering a gunfight. Two militants have been killed in the gunfight which has ended now (around 4 pm). The house in which the militants were holed up has been destroyed in the exchange of firing between the security forces and the militants,” the officer said.
“We are clearing the debris to retrieve the bodies of the two slain militants, both of whom are believed to be foreigners. Their actual identification will, however, be made once their bodies are retrieved,” the officer added.