Jammu | Jagran News Desk: Two terrorists were gunned down by the security forces in the wee hours of Saturday in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam, said officials.

The security forces said that they launched a cordon and search operation in the Kulgam's Nipora area after they recieved information that some militants were hiding in the area.

The search operation turned into an encounter after militants fired at security forces, who retaliated. Two terrorists were killed in the encounter, said a police official, as reported by news agency PTI.

The officials, however, have said that the operation is underway while adding that the identity and group affiliation of the slain ultras was being ascertained.

However, a report by news agency ANI said that the terrorists eliminated were of Hizbul Mujahideen. The security forces also said that two pistols with ammunitions and three grenades recovered from the area, according to ANI.

The security forces have launched an all out operation against Pakistan's terror export from across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. In June only, the security forces have eliminated more than 30 terrorists in the Valley which has broken the backbone of Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammed.

The security forces have also eliminated Riyaz Naikoo, one of the longest surviving commanders of Hizbul-Mujahideen in Jammu and Kashmir.

"There is no semblance of any space where terrorists or separatists are in control," Lt Gen BS Raju, heading the Kashmir-based XV corps, had told news agency PTI earlier.

Highlighting the complicity of terror masterminds from across the border, the senior army officer said that Pakistan's persistence in infiltrating terrorists to disturb the peace in the valley was well anticipated and forces are acting against it quite well.

"We are prepared for any contingency, in coordination with all stakeholders like the army, JK police, CAPF, intelligence agencies and the civil administration," Gen Raju said.

(With agency inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma