Four Indian soldiers, including an officer, were killed in an encounter with militants in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir today, defence sources said.
Security forces mounted a cordon and search operation in Pinglan area of Pulwama district in the early hours on receiving inputs about the presence of militants in the area, our New Delhi correspondent quoted a police official as saying.
He said the troops were conducting searches when the militants opened fire on them, triggering a gun battle.
Defence sources said four soldiers, including an officer, were killed in the encounter.
A civilian was also reportedly killed but there was no confirmation so far. The area is under cordon and the operation still on.
The latest incident came three days after a Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber rammed an explosive-filled vehicle in a bus carrying Indian paramilitary men killing 40 of them in Pulwama district last Thursday, sparking nation-wide grief and anger.