An Indian Army commando was martyred on Wednesday in a gunfight with terrorists in a forested area of Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district.
According to army officials, Sepoy Mukul Meena of 3 Para Regiment was martyred in the battle that was still raging till late in the evening in Sadu Ganga forest area of the north Kashmir mountainous district.
The operation was launched in the forest area on Tuesday following information about a group of militants hiding there.
In a separate incident, a six-year-old boy was killed and four others injured on Wednesday in an accidental explosion in south Kashmir's Shopian district, police said.
The blast occurred when a group of boys was fiddling with some explosives in Memander village.
Saliq succumbed to his injuries in the hospital while four others were being treated. Police said the exact cause of th explosion was being ascertained.
Meanwhile, life across the Kashmir Valley was adversely affected by the shutdown call given by separatists.
The shutdown was called after two terrorists and two civilians were killed and over 20 protesters injured during a gunfight in Shopian on Tuesday.
Separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were placed under house arrest while Yasin Malik, the chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), continued to remain in preventive detention in Srinagar.
(With IANS inputs)