Srinagar: A Jaish-e-Mohammed module was neutralised in south Kashmir on Tuesday after at least two terrorists from the outfit were killed by security forces and an M-4 carbine was recovered, which was possibly used for carrying out sniper attacks on security forces, officials said.

Two bodies were recovered after a day-long encounter that broke in Chaanketaar village of Tral in Pulwama district, they said.

The body of one more terrorist was expected to be retrieved from the rubble, they said.

The intelligence inputs, as well as the material seized from the encounter site, showed that the terrorists belonged to JeM, they added.

While the identity of the slain terrorists was not ascertained immediately, social media was abuzz that one of those killed was Usman Haider, the nephew of Maulana Masood Azhar, the chief of outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammed.

The security forces have also recovered M-4 Carbine rifle from the encounter site which was possibly used by the group to carry out sniper attacks on security forces, they said.

Jaish, in a statement to a local news agency, confirmed that Haider was among the two militants killed in the encounter. Jaish has also released a picture of Haider carrying an American M4 rifle.

Last week, an Army jawan and a Seema Shashtra Bal personnel were killed in the sniper attacks in Tral area.

With agency inputs