After 36 hours of an immense gun battle between security forces and militants, two militants were killed in Bijebhara area of Anantnag district of Kashmir.
"The bodies of the two militants were recovered from the debris of the house at Arwani in Bijbehara area this morning after security forces blew up the building using explosives", a police official said.
He said "one of the bodies was severely burnt. However, an army official said they were still sifting through the debris and a final statement on the incident will be issued once the operation was called off. One army jawan was injured in the gunfight that began in the early hours on Thursday."
Security forces searched the whole area on Wednesday evening after they got information about the presence of Lashkar-e-Taiba militants there.
Unfortunately, a 24-year-old youth died after being he got wounded by a "stray bullet" near the site of encounter.
"Arif Shah, a resident of Sangam area of Anantnag district, was hit when security forces were dealing with a group which was indulging in stone-pelting near the encounter site", the official said. However, locals claimed that "Shah was killed in security forces action against protesters."
BY M. DIVYA SRI