Srinagar: Two force personnel and a militant were killed in an encounter in a forest area of Pulwama district in south Kashmir, officials said.
Government forces launched an anti-militancy operation in Laam forest of Tral area in Pulwama district following information about presence of militants there, a police official said.
He said a gunbattle broke out between militants and government forces when the ultras opened fire.
In the fierce exchange of fire, an Army soldier and SOG personnel of Police sustained injuries. They were evacuated to hospitals but succumbed to injuries, the official said.
The slain force personnel have been identified as Sepoy Ajay and Constable Lateed Gujri.
A militant was also killed in the gunbattle, the official said adding search operation was still going on in the forest area. PTI