Security forces on Monday gunned down four militants in two separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir while an Indian army jawan was killed in firing by Pakistani troops from across the Line of Control, officials said.
Army sepoy Sugmesh, identified only by his first name, was in the Nowshera sector in Rajouri district.
Sugmesh was critically injured when a patrolling party was fired at from the Pakistan side. He succumbed to his injuries while being shifted to a nearby Army hospital, the officials added.
It was the first casualty along LoC after the Indian and Pakistan armies held a brigadier-level meeting at LoC in Poonch sector two month back to diffuse tension.
Meanwhile, three militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Asghmuqam area of Anantnag district on Monday afternoon, an army official said in Srinagar.
The gun-battle started when militants opened fire on security force personnel who had cordoned off Siligam village to carry out a search operation, the official said.
He said the search operation was still in progress while the identity of the slain militants was being ascertained.
An ANI report said the militants were members of the Hizbul Mujahideen.
In a separate operation in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, which entered its 11th day on Monday, security forces killed one militant while efforts were on to flush out his accomplices, the official said.
The unidentified militant was killed in the encounter in the dense forests of Manigah, where Colonel Santosh Mahadik was killed last week, he said.
Security forces are continuing a massive search operation in the forest near the LoC since November 13 following information about presence of a group of heavily-armed militants.
On November 17, an encounter between the militants and the security forces left Colonel Mahadik, commanding officer of 41 Rashtriya Rifles, dead.
In another exchange of fire on Sunday, two army personnel including a Lt Colonel were injured in the district.
(With agency inputs)