Two terrorists of Ansar Gazwat-ul Hind, an al-Qaeda affiliate, were killed in an encounter with security forces here on Wednesday, police said.

The slain terrorists were identified as Aijaz Rasool Nazar and Shahid Ahmad alias Abu Hamza, they said. Based on specific inputs, security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Dangerpora under the Nowgam police station area, a police official said.

During the operation, the terrorists opened fire at the security forces. The security forces retaliated, triggering an encounter in which two terrorists were killed, he said.

In a tweet, Additional Director General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said, “Killed #terrorists were affiliated with #terror outfit AGuH & identified as Aijaz Rasool Nazar of Pulwama & Shahid Ahmad @ Abu Hamza. They were involved in recent #terror attack on an outside labourer namely Muneer ul Islam from West Bengal on 2/9/22 in Pulwama.”