The encounter comes a day after Indian security forces in arrested one local militant from Sumbal area of Bandipora district in northern part of Kashmir on Saturday.
Mohammad Hassan Shah, claimed that the slain militants caused "huge damage" to the forces. The officials have still not removed the bodies of the two militants who were killed in the encounter, the police official further added. "Special Task Forces and choppers have been deployed in the area to nab the hiding terrorists", he said.
Sources said that Touseef has worked with the Special Operations Group of Jammu and Kashmir Police in the past and is accused of supplying ammunition and facilitating terrorist movement.
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J-K DGP SP Vaid said that while the exact outfit involved in the gunbattle is not known, the suspicion is on foreign militants, possibly even Jaish-e-Mohammed. The operation is still underway. The security forces are tracking down militants as part of "Operation Hunt Down" and on the basis of a "hit list" of militants.
The encounter started with the militants at around 8:00 a.m.
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