A patrol party of Barasingha Battalion of Army came under fire at Sunigali forward area of Mendhar sector at about 0850 hours on Friday, PRO Defence, Lt Col Manish Mehta said.

The troops, who were 300 metres inside Indian territory, took positions and retaliated, resulting in heavy exchanges with the suspected militants, he said, adding that one infiltrator was killed on the spot.

From the encounter site, troops recovered a body of an alleged infiltrator besides one AK rifle, four magazines, 28 rounds, two hand grenades, one GPS besides among other items, Lt Col Mehta informed, adding he was wearing combat dress and good quality trekking shoes.

According to defence sources, a group of three to four militants in combat dress made a bid to infiltrate into the Indian side under the cover of firing by Pakistan troops in violation of ceasefire.

While one militant was killed, others escaped back to Pakistan, they cited. It is believed that militants entered into Indian territory to either infiltrate into this side of LoC in Poonch or they could have come with a design to plant IEDs on patrolling track to target Army troops,  they said.

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