A senior Army officer said the operation was launched based on specific information about the militants’ presence in the area.
Police said the slain militants, Irshad Ahmad Sheikh and Adil Khanday, were affiliated to the Hizbul Mujahideen and were active in Tral and Shopian areas.
The operation was on till late in the night, as the Army had information of one more militant hiding in the region, sources said.
According to the NIA, the absconding informer Sabir Khan Pathan allegedly planted arms and explosives in a guest house in Delhi in March 2013.
Says they were killed in police custody; clashes in Valley
The posters warned of serious action against those who spread “drugs” among the youth and “immorality” in society.
Protesters also clashed with the police in which one youth was injured. Locals allege that youth received a bullet injury that was fired by the police.
In a departure from the practice of sending statements to the media, this is the first time a militant commander in the Valley has addressed people directly through a video message.
The video footage, police sources said, suggested that Najar was personally involved in the attack on a telecommunication company’s showroom in Srinagar.
Najar, police claims is behind the six killings in the North Kashmir and also responsible for recent strikes on mobile towers in the Valley.
A police spokesperson said Baba was operating as the self-styled commander of a sleeper cell.
Tariq alias Zahid, a resident of Mawar Langate in Kupwara, was a recycled militant who was close to Najar.
Najar was recently expelled from Hizbul Mujahideen by its chief Syed Salahuddin accusing him of being responsible for the attacks on telecom towers and for civilian killings in Sopore town.
They are young, educated and wealthy. And they love wielding their guns for the camera. Bashaarat Masood on the new crop
of militants in the Valley. Photographs by Shuaib Masoodi
Abdul Qayoom Najar, one of the longest surviving militants, has been active since 1995.