Srinagar: Security forces Wednesday arrested two local terrorists of Hizbul Mujahideen and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition from their possession in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

Acting on a credible input, the security forces arrested the duo at a checkpoint at Panzgam in Awantipora area, a police spokesman said.

“During checking, security forces recovered arms and ammunition from their possession which includes UBGL, grenades and live rounds and other incriminating material,” he said.

The arrested terrorists have been identified as Jan Mohammad Sheikh and Nasir-ul-Islam, both affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen, the spokesman said. A case has been registered under relevant sections of law.

On 4 November, two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Khudpora village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) are two of the most active terrorist groups in Kashmir region. The Hizbul Mujahideen is a larger terror group by numbers, but the most lethal group operating in the Valley today is the Jaish-e-Mohammad. The Hizbul has anything between 200 to 300 operatives in comparison to 40 to 50 that the Jaish has.