Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Pinglan area of Pulwama district of south Kashmir during the night after receiving inputs about the presence of terrorists in the area, a police official said. He said as the forces were conducting searches, the terrorists fired upon them, triggering off a gun battle.
Defence sources said four soldiers, including a Major, were killed in the encounter.
A civilian was also reportedly killed but there was no confirmation so far. The area is under cordon and the operation is still on.