Three army personnel and a militant were killed on the Line of Control in Tangdhar sector of Kashmir on Monday.
According to an official, a group of four to seven infiltrators had probably sneaked into the Indian side on Sunday night near Darshan Post along the LoC opposite to Pakistan's Chhajula Post.
"The group of infiltrators, after being challenged, opened indiscriminate fire with sophisticated weapons. The fire was retaliated by the army and a fierce gunfight erupted," an official said.
The incident came just hours after a staff member of government-run telecom operator BSNL was killed and two more were injured when militants opened fire at the company's office in north Kashmir's Sopore district, about 50km from Srinagar. In another encounter on Monday, a militant and a soldier were killed in Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
Speaking on the encounter in Tangdhar, the official said, "The army has foiled the infiltration bid by militants. Three soldiers and a militant have been killed and a junior commissioned officer (JCO) is injured so far in the operation against a group of infiltrators."
According to an army statement, a patrol party of a forward battalion led by a JCO, moving close to the LoC, noticed some movement and intercepted the group.
"In a heavy exchange of fire, the group was defeated and they retreated after leaving behind one dead militant from whom one AK-47, one pistol...were recovered,'' said Col NN Joshi, defence spokesperson based in Kashmir.
During the firefight, four jawan sustained injuries. "Three of them succumbed to his injuries while one is out of danger," he added.
According to reports, an operation was underway.