Security forces on Wednesday foiled a major infiltration bid near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district of North Kashmir on Wednesday, official sources said.
The infiltration bid was thwarted in Keran sector, 145 kms from Srinagar, when the army troops confronted the militants attempting to sneak into this side from across the border, they said.
The militants opened fire after they found themselves trapped, triggering a gunfight with security forces which was still continuing when last reports came in.
Reinforcements have been rushed to the scene of the gun-battle at Shundi Gali near Hanuman post, the sources said.
This is the second infiltration attempt in Kupwara district over the past three days. On July 27, army troops shot dead three militants attempting to sneak into the Valley from across the border near Eagle post in Tandhar sector.
Meanwhile, the death toll in Tuesday's encounter at Matribugh in Shopian district of South Kashmir has risen to three with two army personnel succumbing to bullet injuries on Wednesday.
A militant of Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit identified as Jehangir Ahmad Ganai, a resident of Haf-Shermaal was killed while two Army personnel were injured in the gun-battle on Tuesday.
Both the Army personnel succumbed to their injuries, a police spokesman said.