Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday said the two militants slain in a gunfight with the government forces in Chadoora area of central Kashmir's Budgam district were affiliated with Hizb ul Mujahideen.
A police spokesman identified the slain as Hilal Ahmad Wani son of Mohd Akram Wani of Yaripora Kulgam and Shoaib Mohd Lone @Mursi son of Late Arshad Hussain of Bumrath Kulgam
"As per police records, both the militants were affiliated with proscribed outfit HM and were wanted by law for their complicity in a series of crimes including attacks on security establishments," he said, in a statement.
Wani, he said, had a long history of crime records and was involved in several cases. "He was the main person responsible for the recruitment into the militant fold and was longest surviving militant who was operating across the southern and central belts of the valley ever since he had joined the militant ranks in 2015.
"Incriminating material including arms & ammunition, was recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken in the case records for the purpose of investigation and probe their complicity in other cases," said the spokesman.
Bodies of the slain militants were handed over to their family after completion of medico-legal formalities.