An army man was killed in an encounter at Kralgund area of Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Friday morning.
An official said that army’s 32 RR launched a cordon-and-search-operation at Kachlu village during wee hours today.
As such the cordon was laid and the troops intensified the searches, the militants opened fire triggering off a brief gunfight, he said.
In the gunfight an army soldier suffered critical bullet wounds and was shifted to nearby military hospital for treatment, he said, adding that the soldier later succumbed to injuries.
An army officer based in north Kashmir also confirmed the death of the soldier and identified the deceased as Rifleman Rambabu Sahi.
He said that the searches were ongoing in the area to trace out the hiding militants.