Three other soldiers were injured but are now stable, an official said.
Srinagar: Four militants and two army jawans were today killed in an encounter in Kulgam district of south Kashmir, officials said.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Frisal area of Kulgam district in the early hours of the morning following information about presence of a large number of militants in the area, a police official said.
He said as the security forces were closing in on the position of the militants, they opened firing resulting in injuries to five soldiers.
Two soldiers succumbed to their injuries before they could be evacuated for treatment, the official said, adding three jawans were airlifted to the army’s 92 base hospital and their condition was stated to be stable.
The security forces returned fire, ensuing in a fierce gunbattle that lasted several hours in which four terrorists were killed, he added.
The search operationswas still in progress as security forces suspect that some militants might have managed to escape to nearby areas, the official said.
Four weapons have been recovered from the scene of the gunbattle and security forces were also trying to ascertain the identity and group affiliation of the slain terrorists, he added.
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