At least three militants were killed when the Indian Army foiled an infiltration bid on the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Monday, an official said.

According to a Defence Ministry source, a group of heavily armed militants was challenged on the Indian side of the LoC in the Naugam sector.

“They resorted to firing, triggering a gunfight with Indian troops,” the source said. “The operation is still going on in the area,” the source said at 2.15 pm.

On Sunday, Indian and Pakistan armies traded heavy fire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district after Pakistan indulged in unprovoked shelling and firing at Indian positions.

Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said: “Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from 6.40 pm onwards in Poonch sector. Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively.”

Two people — an army soldier on leave and his wife — were killed and two children of the couple injured in the Pakistani shelling in the same sector on Saturday.

The deceased were identified as Sepoy Mohammad Shaukat and his wife Safia Bi.