Srinagar- An Indian army soldier was killed in an encounter with freedom fighters near the Line of Control in Keran sector of occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

An encounter broke out in Keran sector in Kupwara district in wee hours of today when Indian security forces launched a search operation in the area following information about presence of freedom fighters, an Indian army official said.

He said in the exchange of fire, one soldier identified as Rahul Kumar was injured.

Kumar was taken to the military hospital at Drugmulla where he succumbed to injuries this morning.