Srinagar: An Army major and three soldiers were killed in an encounter between terrorists and security forces in Pulwama on Monday, officials said.
Defence sources said security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Pinglan area of Pulwama district of south Kashmir during the night after receiving specific information about militants holed up in the area.
The sources said militants fired upon them when the forces were conducting searches triggering off a gun battle.
Four soldiers, including an officer, were killed in the encounter. A civilian was also reportedly killed but there was no confirmation so far, the sources added.
The area is under cordon and the operation is still going on, defence sources said.