An army jawan and a militant were killed and two soldiers injured in an early morning gunfight on Tuesday in Baramulla disrict of North Kashmir, official sources said.
The encounter took place when a search party of 32 Rashtriya Rifles confronted a group of militants hiding in the forest area of Ladoo in Panzla, 65 kms from in Srinagar, they said.
They said three soldiers were injured in the initial exchange of fire out of whom one succumbed to injuries later.
Body of a militant was recovered during search of the area, the sources said, adding that his identity and group affiliation is being ascertained.
Another encounter broke out between militants and security forces at Baniyari village of Sumbal, 30 kms from here in Bandipora district this evening.
Reinforcements have been rushed to the area to neutralise the militants who started the firing by opening fire on a search party, the sources said.
Meanwhile, a huge cache of arms and ammunition were recovered from the possession of the two militants who were killed in the Kachahama Duban forest in Trehgam area of frontier Kupwara district on Sunday.
The recoveries included two AK assault rifles, nine magazines, 258 rounds, two under barrel grenade launchers (UBGL), 16 UBGL grenades, two hand grenades, two GPS, two compass, a wireless set, a satellite phone, a pocket knife, a matrix sheet and a mobile phone, the sources said.