An Indian Army soldier who was wounded along with one of his colleagues in a gunfight with suspected militants near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Keran sector, died on Thursday, Greater Kashmir reported.

The soldiers had reportedly intercepted three to five suspected militants near Kacchal Post, close to the Chowkibal forest, after which the gunfight took place. The injured jawans were evacuated to a military hospital in Drugmulla before being airlifted to the 92 base hospital in Srinagar’s Badami Bagh.

“Terrorists opened fire on a link patrol ahead of the fence at the Line of Control in Keran sector,” an unidentified defence spokesperson said in Srinagar earlier in the day. Army personnel retaliated to the firing, he added.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived in Srinagar on Thursday on a two-day visit to the state to review the security situation. He will visit Kupwara district, where Keran is located, on Friday.