An Army Major was killed and six other personnel including a Colonel injured in Mandhar sector of Poonch in an encounter on Tuesday night with suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists.

Major Amit Phunge was killed in the operation while Col.Ajay Katoch of 47 Rashtriya Rifles was injured when the terrorists resorted to heavy fire and lobbed grenades, official sources said.

The Army team had gone to the spot following information that about 15 Pakistan-based terrorists had sneaked in.

The Army cordoned off the area and launched a search operation.

The injured included Dinesh Kumar and Satinder Kumar, both Signalmen, Naik Jasbir Singh, Sepoy Samir Kumar and Rifleman Dasharat.