A soldier and two militants were killed in an overnight gun battle with militants near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir during infiltration bids by ultras at Keran and Tangdhar sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir while an Army officer lost his life in a mishap during a search operation.
“One jawan made the supreme sacrifice while two others were injured in the operation against militants in Tangdhar sector of Kupwara district," an army official said.
The skirmish between security forces and militants began on Saturday evening near the Ragni security post. The fighting continued till Sunday morning and a search operation was underway, officials said.
Army officials said a patrol had intercepted a group of militants near the LoC, triggering the gun battle.
“Troops confronted a group of militants moving close to the LoC. The militants were asked to surrender but they opened fire. The troops retaliated, leading to the encounter,” an army officer said.
Troops from the army’s 20 Rashtriya Rifles and the Special Operations Group of Kupwara engaged the militants.
The gun battle was the latest in a string of violent incidents in Jammu and Kashmir. Both the LoC and International Border have witnessed exchanges of fire between Indian and Pakistani troops.
In another incident on Sunday, Army foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control in Keran sector of Kashmir's Kupwara district, killing two militants in the process.
The militants were spotted at Jumagund Nar area. They opened fire when challenged by the army. In the ensuing encounter, the two militants were killed.
On Wednesday, two militants from Pakistan ambushed a BSF convoy and killed two troopers in Udhampur. A day later, militants attacked a police post and fled.
The violence comes ahead of a planned meeting in New Delhi of the National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan to discuss all terrorism-related issues. Reports said India has proposed August 23 and 24 as the dates for the meeting but Pakistan is yet to convey its confirmation.
(With inputs from agencies)