Anantnag: Police and security forces jointly launched search operation on Wednesday at Muniward area of Khanabal in District Anantnag.

During the operation, terrorists opened fire on the search party, which was retaliated, leading to an encounter. In the ensuing encounter, two militants were killed. 

The killed terrorists were identified as Altaf Ahmad Dar alias Kachroo of Hawoora and Umar Rashid Wani of Khudwani Kulgam.

Altaf Ahmad Dar was currently operating as one of the most important terrorist commanders of terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen. He had a long history of criminal records since 2007. 

Considered as a long-time surviving militant in the area, he was involved in series of terror crimes - several attacks on the security forces and killings of civilians and policemen in the area. Several cases were registered against him in different police stations across the Valley for his terror activities.

Umar Rashid Wani became active since last year. He was involved in many civilian atrocities and attacks on security establishments. He was also involved in killing policemen at Anantnag. Further, in Srinagar city, Wani had carried an attack on the CRPF and also escaped from the recent Batmaloo encounter site.

Some arms and ammunition were also recovered from the site of encounter in Anantnag.

The police have registered a case in this regard, and the investigation has been initiated.