police, launched search operation in Chattergul forests in Kangan area on Srinagar-Leh road.
The security forces returned the firing, triggering off a gun battle. Two militants were killed in the encounter during which a residential house was devastated. The officials have also told that an AK rifle has been recovered from the spot.
Although the identity and group affiliation of the militants was not immediately known, a senior police officer said preliminary investigations have revealed that they were foreigners.
The inmates of the house where the militants were hiding said that they were speaking a language which they could not comprehend. As for now, SP Ganderbal Shahid Mehraj is excepting them to be Afghans or from NWFP (Khyber Pakhtunhhwa).
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