A defence ministry spokesperson told UNI that troops guarding the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector noticed a group of militants sneaking into this side from PoK in Keran sector.
However, when challenged and asked to surrender, the militants opened indiscriminate firing with automatic weapons, he said, adding that troops also retaliated ensuing in an encounter in the forest area near LoC.
He said five militants were killed in the encounter, adding three soldiers were also martyred in the exchange of fire. “Despite prevailing inclement weather conditions, casualties have been evacuated,” he added.
Meanwhile, a massive operation was going on when the reports last came in. (UNI)