Suspicious movement of about eight to nine persons was noticed in the area between the LoC and fencing in Furkian gali in Kupwara, a Defence spokesman said.

Five militants have reportedly died in an encounter, on the LOC, in a major infiltration attempt in Keran sector of Kupwara district in Kashmir valley.

Authoritative sources said that Army troops foiled an attempt of infiltration by the heavily armed militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba when they noticed some suspicious human movement close to Hema post on the LOC in Keran sector of north Kashmir late on Monday night.

Defence sources, who said they were not authorized to comment in absence of clearance from the Northern Command, told The Hindu that five militants were believed to be dead. They maintained that the search operation was continuing on Tuesday as some militants of the group were suspected to be hiding in that area. They said that troops did not suffer any casualty during the gunfight.

However senior Police officials in north Kashmir maintained that no dead bodies or the weapons, if any seized, had been handed over to the local police station. "We have received some unofficial inputs but we are still not in a position to confirm the casualties. Our men are in touch with Army", said an official of the Jammu and Kashmir police.