An Army jawan was killed and another injured in a gunbattle which broke out between militants and security forces in a forest area in Kupwara district, officials said on Thursday.

Acting on specific information that some militants were hiding in the Cronhama-Zechaldara forest near Handwara, 90 km from Srinagar, security forces launched a search operation in the area on Wednesday evening.

During the searches, militants believed to be four to five in number fired at security forces and in the ensuing gunbattle, an Army jawan was killed and another was injured, they said.

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