Two top Hizbul Mujahideen militants, including a former policeman, were killed on Thursday in a gunbattle with security forces in Shopian district of south Kashmir.
An encounter broke out between security forces and militants in Vehil village of Shopian, 55 km from here, after the troops of 62 Rashtriya Rifles launched a search operation in the area, an Army official said.
Two militants were killed in the encounter, he said, adding that two weapons were recovered from them.
The dead militants have been identified as Naseer Ahmad Pandit and Inamul Haq, alias Waseem Malla, both wanted militants of the Hizbul Mujahideen, the official said.
Pandit had joined militant ranks after deserting police force last year. He was posted on security duty at the residence of PDP MLA and then Works Minister Altaf Bukhari at the time of quitting the force.