A soldier succumbed to grievous injuries after Pakistan-backed terrorists shot him in retaliatory fire.
Security forces in J&K’s Anantnag chased Pakistan’s soldiers during the incident.
The soldier, according to a report, was hospitalised for three days before breathing his last. Earlier, two Army officers, including a Colonel, a Major, and a DSP of J&K Police, were killed on the first day of the firing.
The report added that a combined team of the Army and police has searching for three Pakistani terrorists of Lashkar-e-Taiba’s shadow outfit TRF and a local recruit, Uzair Khan (28) of Kokernag, in the forests surrounding the hillside village of Gadool.
Drones and quadcopters have been used to detect the terrorists amid a fusillade of bombs and gunshots.
Security officials told the daily that they encircled two of the terrorists who shot and killed Col Manpreet Singh, the commanding officer of the 19 Rashtriya Rifles, Maj Ashish Dhonchak, and DSP Humayun Bhat.
The terrorists have eluded the security contingent owing to their knowledge of the dense forests and hilly terrain, sources said.
Security has been beefed up in the cordon and civilians have been asked to stay indoors.
Meanwhile, in a different operation on Thursday, a joint Army and police team busted a Lashkar-backed terror module at Uri in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district by arresting two suspects and seizing some arms and ammunition, the daily added.
Zaid Hassan Malla of Mir Sahib and Mohd Arif Channa of Stadium Colony in Baramulla were the identified men.