A soldier and two militants were killed on Tuesday in a gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

The soldier initially injured in the encounter between the security forces and militants in Waghama village, later succumbed. Two other soldiers have also been injured. They have been shifted to hospital, the sources added.

The bodies of the slain militants were yet to be recovered.

It is a joint military operation by the Rashtriya Rifles and special operations group that started with a cordon and search operation following intelligence inputs about the presence of militants earlier in the day.

Earlier on Monday, an Army Major identified as Rahul Verma was killed in an encounter with security forces in the district.

Meanwhile, two Army personnel who were injured in a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast at Aarihal village in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday evening, died on Tuesday morning.

Army’s spokesman, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, while confirming the incident said that many soldiers received minor injuries. The security forces have cordoned off the area and launched a hunt for the terrorists involved in the incident.

(With inputs from IANS)