Soldier injured in encounter with militants, search underway near LoC in Poonch

Poonch/Jammu: An Indian Army soldier was injured in an exchange of fire with militants who were attempting to cross the Line of Control in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Saturday.

The encounter took place in the forward Ranger Nallah area of the Gulpur sector late on Friday night when the Indian troops noticed at least three heavily armed militants trying to infiltrate into India under the cover of thick foliage and darkness, they said.

A soldier was injured in the brief firing and the militants managed to slip into the nearby dense forest. Reinforcements have been rushed to the area and a massive search operation is underway to trace and neutralise the militants, the officials said.–(PTI)