On Saturday, reports said, an Army trooper was killed in an ongoing gunfight between militants and security forces at Watnar Kokernag area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

Sources reported that the soldier of 19RR received a serious bullet wound in the initial exchange of fire.

He was immediately shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment, however, he succumbed to his injuries, the officer added.

A fierce gunfight is underway after police and army, on a specific input generated by J&K Police, launched a cordon and search operation in the area following a tip-off about militants’ presence.