Srinagar: A militant and a soldier were killed and two soldiers were injured in an encounter which during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in south Kashmir district of Anantnag in the wee hours on Thursday, official sources said.
They said security forces and Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police had laid an ambush at Dooru Shahabad, Verinag, in Anantnag district in the wee hours on Thursday. However, when a group of militants was challenged and asked to surrender, they (militants) opened indiscriminate firing with automatic weapons in which three soldiers were injured. One of the injured soldier later died in the hospital.
Security forces also retaliated and in the ensuing encounter, a militant was killed.
The other militants managed to escape under the cover of darkness, they said.
A police spokesman said a militant was killed in the encounter. The operation has ended, he added.
Meanwhile, mobile internet service in Anantnag has been suspended as a precautionary measure.