At least two suspected terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag today.
The troops killed the youth during a violent operation at Larnoo in Kokernag area of the district.
However, when security forces were moving towards a particular area in the forest, the militants hiding there, fired at them with automatic weapons.
According to police, the identity of slain militant and their group affiliation was being ascertained.
The body of the militant, identified as Farhan Ahmad Wani, was handed over to his parents for burial in Khudwani village on the border of Kulgam and Shopian where villagers were already agitating over the death of a person killed in a road accident involving a para-military vehicle. "Security forces retaliated and so far two ultras have been killed", they said and added the operation was still going on.
Locals told Kashmir Reader that Farheen was a Class 12 student before he joined Hizb ranks in June a year ago. The officials said that the Army opened fire when one of its camps in the area came under attack by a stone-pelting mob. One of the martyred youth has been identified as Muhammad Farhan Wani.
"Clashes were going on".
Reports said that Khalid was hit by a bullet in the chest and succumbed to his injuries.
The gunfight broke out at village Larnoo, Kokernag of Anantnag district, about 91 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.