Srinagar: The Indian Army on Saturday foiled a major infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rampur sector of Kashmir, killing six militants.

A gunbattle erupted after a group of heavily armed militants crossed from the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) in western Rampur sector, said army spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia. A search operation was going on in the area, the official said.

On Friday, the army said soldiers killed two suspected militants in the same area after they crossed into the Kashmir from the PoK.

There was no independent confirmation of the latest incident.

Separately, a gunfight erupted early Saturday between militants and government forces in southern Tral area of Pulwama, police said. The fighting began after troops cordoned off the area overnight following a tip that at least three rebels were hiding there.

Clashes between rock-throwing protesters and government forces erupted in different localities in the area, with police and paramilitary soldiers firing shotgun pellets and tear gas to stop the protests.

Many civilians were reported injured in the clashes.

India has accused Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, which Pakistan denies. PTI

(AP contributed to this story)