Two militants were killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district on Wednesday, reports said. The Jammu and Kashmir Police said that it has recovered arms and ammunition from the slain militants, however, their identities have not been ascertained yet.
Three militants, including scholar-turned-terrorist Manan Wani, were earlier believed to be trapped at Handwara town in the Kupwara district of north Kashmir. Internet services in the area were also suspended and all educational institutions were instructed to be closed.
Police was making repeated announcements on public address system appealing to the militants to surrender, officials told PTI.
There was a lull in firing at around 9 am, prompting the police to initiate a search operation at the encounter site, but the same had to be suspended when firing resumed after 15 minutes, the officials added.
According to Deccan Herald, clashes erupted at the site of the encounter as well and several protesters were injured.