The Army on Thursday foiled a major infiltration bid in Tangdhar sector of the frontier Kupwara district, killing four unidentified militants. A jawan was also killed in the gunfight.
A massive combing operation is already under way in neighbouring Machil.
The four militants were killed close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Kalban Nar in Tangdhar sector, 185 km from Srinagar. The gunfight erupted early today when the Army noticed movement of a group of heavily armed militants in the sector.
The slain soldier was identified as Lance Havildar Prem Bahadur Reshmi Magar (37), a resident of Falpa, Nepal. He is survived by his wife and two children.
This is the first infiltration bid in Tangdhar sector this year.