Five Indian Army personnel, including a Junior Commissioned Officer, were killed in a fierce gunfight with insurgents during a military operation in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.
The operation was launched in a village close to DKG in Surankote in the early hours following intelligence inputs about the presence of militants, an Indian Defence spokesman said.
He said the ultras opened heavy fire on the search parties resulting in critical injuries to the JCO and four other ranks.
All five soldiers succumbed to their injuries.
The encounter with the insurgents was going on and further details are awaited, the spokesman said.
The officials said there are reports about the presence of a group of heavily-armed militants in Chamrer forest after they managed to sneak from across the Line of Control (LoC).
Reinforcements have been rushed to the area to plug all escape routes to ensure the militants, they said.