Two jawans were killed in a fierce gunbattle between militants and troops in Kishtwar district early Friday.

Acting on a tip off, troops of 11 Rashtriya Rifles launched a search operation in Sondar forest belt in Taksham area of the district, nearly 300 km from here, a senior army official said.

During the search, militants fired on the troops and threw grenades, he said, adding the encounter took place as troops fired back.

In the gunbattle, two jawans were killed, the official said.

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