At least four militants who had infiltrated into Kashmir were killed in an overnight operation, police said.
The infiltrating militants opened fire at the forces, ensuing into a fierce gun battle that left five militants dead, Col Kalia said. Later, Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) had claimed responsibility for carrying out the attack on the 185 Battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
They said that the search for the fourth militants is underway.
In wake of the approaching Republic Day celebrations security has been beefed up in the region. The army's quick retaliation, say sources, indicate a new, proactive approach in the face of incessant Pakistani provocation.
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