At least two Indian Army soldiers were martyred and three others were injured when militants attacked a military vehicle on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Kulgam district.
According to defence sources, two soldiers who sustained critical injuries succumbed later. The other injured have been airlifted to Srinagar for treatment.
The convoy was heading to Srinagar from Jammu when the incident occurred in Hillar area.
Following the attack the 300-km long strategic highway has been closed for vehicular moment.
This was the first major attack by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat alias Abu Zarar last month. Sabzar (28), was killed in a four-hour-long gunfight in a village in Tral sub-division of Pulwama district on May 27.
He was named as the successor of Burhan Wani after the latter was killed in a gunfight with security forces on July 8 last year.