Of the slain terrorists, three belonged to the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba and one was affiliated to the Hizbul Mujahideen. Two of the slain terrorists were Pakistanis and the other two locals, they said.
While Hanzula and Tufail were from Lahore, Ishtiaq Lone was from Tral and Nadeem a native of Kulgam in Jammu and Kashmir.
AK-56 rifles, grenades and a huge quantity of ammunition have been recovered from these terrorists, officials said.
In his meeting on June 3, the home minister had categorically instructed all agencies involved in counterterrorism operations to hunt down terrorists who disturbed the peace in Jammu and Kashmir, they said.
The home minister held the meetings after terrorists killed several people in the Kashmir valley, including policemen and innocent civilians. Quite a few of them were targeted killing of non-Muslims that led to protests and migration from the valley.