Two Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) terrorists were killed in a pre-dawn encounter with security forces on Thursday in Awantipora area of South Kashmir. Police said arms and ammunition had been recovered from the Awantipora encounter spot, adding that no collateral damage took place during the encounter.

The police said the killed terrorists were local Kashmiris Adnan Lone and Adil Bhat.

Giving details of the encounter, a police officer said a cordon and search operation was launched swiftly during pre-dawn hours, jointly by security forces and the area police, based on a credible input about the presence of terrorists in Sharshali area of Khrew in Awantipora.

As the searches were going on, the security forces were fired upon by the terrorists. The fire was retaliated leading to a gunfight. In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were neutralised. Their bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter.

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