Two militants and an Army officer were killed in a pre-dawn encounter when security personnel foiled an infiltration bid in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, a senior Army official said.

During patrolling in forward area along LoC on Wednesday troops observed movement of a group of armed militants along the Line of Control (LoC) in Sonagali area of Mendhar sub-sector, and challenged them, the official told PTI.

The militants opened fire on the troops and hurled grenades, the official said, adding, the army personnel retaliated and a gunbattle took place in which the two infiltrators were killed and the army officer in the rank of Major lost his life.

Bodies of the two militants have been recovered while a search operation has been launched for the bodies of two other infiltrators who, as per the intercepts, were killed in the operation.