A soldier was killed and three terrorists shot dead in an encounter which broke out this morning between terrorists and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, police said.
The security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in Sirnoo village in south Kashmir's Pulwama district after receiving specific intelligence input about the presence of terrorists in the area, a police official said.
"The terrorists opened fire on security forces while they were carrying out search operations," the official said.
The security forces retaliated, leading to an encounter, the official confirmed.
Massive clashes broke out in the area after the encounter.