New Delhi: An Army personnel was killed and a civilian injured as the Pakistani Army heavily shelled villages and forward posts along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch districts on Thursday, officials said. This is the fourth consecutive day of firing and shelling by the Pakistan Army. Also Read - Twitter Left in Jitters as Heartwrenching Video of Kashmiri Kid Crying Over His Dead Grandfather After Sopore Terror Attack Goes Viral

Officials said the Pakistan Army opened fire and shelled civilian areas and forward posts in Nowshera sector this morning, leaving an Army man dead and a villager injured. Also Read - J&K Terrorist Attack: CRPF Jawan, Civilian Killed, Two Jawans Injured

Security forces have launched a cordon and search operation in the Pathanpora area of Budgam in central Kashmir after receiving specific information about the presence of militants there, a police official said. Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir: Three Militants Shot Down in Anantnag Encounter; Search Underway

He said the search operation turned into an encounter after the hiding militants fired at the security forces.

The exchange of firing is on and further details are awaited, the official said.

On Wednesday, security forces gunned down five terrorists in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, taking the number of ultras killed in the last four days to 14, police said.

A cordon-and-search operation was launched in the Sugoo area of Shopian in south Kashmir in the morning on receiving specific information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.

He said the operation turned into an encounter after the militants fired upon a search party of the forces, who retaliated.

The one on Wednesday was the third major encounter in Shopian in four days. Nine Hizbul Mujahideen militants, including a self-styled commander, were killed in two gun battles with the security forces on Sunday and Monday.

(With PTI Inputs)