A captain, two soldiers and a militant were killed and three soldiers injured in a fierce gun battle in Sopore on Tuesday.

Police sources told The Hindu that on a tip-off a column of Army’s 1 Para Regiment cordoned off the Chinkipora locality in Sopore. As they launched a house-to-house search, the militants hiding there opened fire, triggering a gun battle. The militants, the sources said, were hiding in three houses.

Captain Davinder Singh Jass got trapped in a house and was killed by militants. His body could not be retrieved till late in the evening. . Even as the Army offered the militants safe passage, they refused it and told them that the captain was dead. The captain was in the thick of the battle with his AK rifle, ammunition and a cellphone. Two soldiers Naik Selvakumar and Imtiaz Ahmad were killed.

The troops, assisted by the Jammu and Kashmir police, later blasted two houses.