An army Major, another soldier and three militants were killed when security forces thwarted an infiltration bid by ultras from across the border in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district on Monday.
Army confronted a group of heavily-armed militants at Gulab Post near the Line of Control when they were trying to sneak into Kashmir valley, SSP (Kupwara) Uttam Chand told PTI.
The militants fired at security forces in a bid to escape and in the resultant gunfight, two soldiers, one of them a Major, and three ultras were killed.
The army personnel killed were Major Rushikash Vauadhai and Sepoy Jagtar Singh, both belonging to the 23 Punjab unit.
A Junior Commissioned Officer was also wounded in the gunbattle and was hospitalised.
The SSP said a massive search operation was launched by the army in the area three days ago following reports that ultras from across the border might infiltrate into the valley.