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Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants have been killed by Indian security personnel following an hours-long fierce gunbattle in Kashmir's Baramulla district.
An Indian army official said two AK rifles, five AK magazines, 124 AK rounds, a hand grenade and a pouch were recovered from the encounter site.
The two militants were holed up in a house in Pazalpora village in Sopore township, police said.
The encounter started when intelligence inputs alerted Indian forces about presence of militants in the area.
The operation started last evening but was suspended during the night though the forces maintained the cordon to prevent the militants from escaping.
The militants have been identified as Basit Ahmad Mir, a resident of Indergam Pattan, and Gulzar Ahmad, a resident of Brat Sopore, according to Press Trust of India.
Hizbul Mujahideen is fighting for Kashmir's independence from India.
Last July, their leader Burhan Wani was gunned down by Indian security forces to trigger widespread violent protests in the Kashmir valley.
The Valley is yet to recuperate from the killing as the region remains mired in infiltrations, gunfights and civilian protests.
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