[Representational Image]IANS

Security forces killed two terrorists of Pakistan-based outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in an encounter in Tral town in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Sunday.

"Two militants belonging to Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) outfit have been killed. They have been identified as Burmee and Adil Pathan, both belonging to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir," IANS quoted a police officer as saying.

The security forces, including the Special Operations Group (SOG) of state police and troops of 42 Rashtriya Rifles, have launched a search operation around the site of encounter.

The gunfight started when the terrorists fired at a patrol party of the SOG in Hari village near Tral town in the afternoon. 

JeM is the terror outfit that had attacked Parliament on 13 December, 2001. The outfit has also been named in several other major terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and the national capital, PTI reported.

One of the founders of JeM -- Maulana Masood Azhar -- was released in December 1999 in exchange of passengers and crew of a hijacked Indian Airlines plane.