Indian security forces have launched a cordon-and-search operation in Hajin area in North Kashmir Photograph: (AFP)
CRPF commanding officer, Chetan Kumar Cheetah, suffered wounds during the encounter which is still going on
A fierce gunbattle has broken out between militants and Indian security forces in north Kashmir's Bandipora district today.
Indian security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in Parray street in Hajin district this morning after getting intelligence inputs about the presence of militants in the area.
"Three soldiers were killed during a gunfight with militants that broke out at Hajin in Bandipora district," army spokesman Rajesh Kalia told AFP, adding that five other soldiers were injured.
He added that nine soldiers were injured in the initial attack and were immediately shifted to army hospital. "Three among them later succumbed to their injuries," he added.
One militant, whose identity was not yet known, was also killed in the operation, he added.
Security forces said while the forces were conducting a search operation when militants fired upon them from their hideout, leading to an encounter.
CRPF soldiers in a vehicle after a gunbattle in Hajin area of north Kashmir, 38 kilometres north-east of Srinagar. (AFP)
CRPF commanding officer of the 45th battalion, Chetan Kumar Cheetah, suffered "multiple gunshots" wounds during the encounter and has been shifted to a base hospital in Srinagar.
The encounter was going still going on when last reports came in.
(WION with agency inputs)