The encounter began earlier when the holed up militants in Ratnipora village fired at the security forces. "In the initial firing exchanges three soldiers were injured. They were immediately shifted to army's base hospital here," the officer said.
"However, Sepoy Baljeet Singh of Rashtriya Rifles and Naik Saneed of 10 para regiment succumbed to their injuries, while Havaldar Chander Pal was still at the hospital.
As news about the gun battle spread, youth in the area engaged in clashes with the security forces to disrupt the operation.
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