Defence sources said that militants attempted to infiltrate in Kupwara sector and they were intercepted by troops during small hours of Saturday.
“As they were challenged, they fired which led to an exchange fire and forced the infiltrators to flee. In the ensuing fire fight, one soldier sustained a gun shot wound to which he unfortunately succumbed later,” they said.
The identity of the dead soldier could not be ascertained immediately.
The sources said that search operation continued in the area.