Two terrorists surrendered today in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama after an encounter broke out in Lelhar area of the district, police said.

A terrorist was injured in the clash and has been hospitalised, Kashmir Zone police tweeted. The terrorists surrendered with two AK-47 rifles.

The security forces had launched a cordon-and-search operation at Lelhar in the Kakapora area of the district on Friday night following information about the presence of terrorists there, the officials said.

They said the search operation turned into an encounter after the hiding terrorists opened fire. The encounter had started at around 8pm on Friday, Kashmir Zone police tweeted.

After a night of stand-off, the two terrorists surrendered with their AK rifles, the officials said. They were identified Akeel Ahmad Lone and Rouf Ul Islam. Lone had sustained splinter injuries in his right foot and was taken to the police hospital for treatment, they added. It was not immediately clear which terror group the two belonged to.

Three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were killed in an encounter in Pulwama’s Awantipora area on Friday.

“The Police, Army, and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) cordoned the area. The encounter started after the militants refused appeals of surrender and lobbed grenades at the police personnel. Three terrorists affiliated to Hizbul Mujahideen were eliminated,” Vijay Kumar, Inspector General of Police in Kashmir said.

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