Srinagar: Three soldiers, who were injured during the ongoing encounter in Kandi forest area of Rajouri district, have succumbed to their injuries, taking the death count to five.

An official told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that three soldiers, who were injured in the ongoing operation this morning, succumbed to their injuries at Command hospital Udhampur.

Earlier in the day, the Army in a statement had stated that two soldiers were killed while three others including an officer who had been injured after militants triggered an explosive during the anti-militancy operation in the Kandi forest area.

With the death of three more soldiers, the toll has climbed to five in the ongoing operation in Rajouri.

Notably, an encounter broke out between militants and security forces in the Kandi forest area in Rajouri district this morning.

Following the fierce gunfight internet services were also suspended in the area as a precautionary measure—(KNO)