Two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces on Sunday at Waripora area of Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

The terrorists were hiding in a house in the village. As soon as the joint team of army and SoG cordoned off the area, the militants opened fire, triggering an encounter.

No security personnel or local was injured in the operation, police said.

“Following specific information about the presence of militants in Warpora forest area of Handwara, security forces launched an operation but were fired upon by the hiding militants, triggering the gunfight, sources said, adding that searches were on in the area to track any more militants.

One of the two killed militants was the one who had escaped after the pre-dawn attack at an Army camp in Panzgam in Kupwara on April 27 that left three soldiers dead, army sources said. While two of the assailants were shot dead, the third had escaped.

An army official said the fact was established by the call signs used by the militant, which matched those used by the other two.

After the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani in 2016, there has been a rise in the militant attacks in the Valley.

According to Jammu and Kashmir Police, at least 95 local youths have joined militant ranks since last year, while a total of 200 militants are active in Kashmir at present.

“The situation is normal in central and north Kashmir areas while there are challenges for the security forces in some pockets of south Kashmir,” Inspector General of Police (IGP) SJM Gilani told a media conference in Srinagar last week.

(With IANS inputs)