The army on Thursday foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control in Rajouri-Poonch sector killing eight terrorists, but in the process losing an officer.
The encounter took place when troops, on ambush points, observed a group of heavily armed militants trying to enter Indian territory at Lanjyote forward post in Balakot sector at around 0500 IST.
After laying a cordon, the troops challenged the militants to surrender, upon which the ultras resorted to grenade attack, following it up with small arms fire.
In the ensuing gun battle, eight militants and an army officer was killed, and two soldiers injured.
The army had foiled an infiltration bid on Wednesday in Mandi area of Poonch district, gunning down four Hizb-e-Islami militants.
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