Six suspected militants were killed Saturday in Indian-administered Kashmir along the heavily militarised border that divides the disputed territory with Pakistan, the Indian army said.
Indian army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said the armed militants had snuck into the Indian side from across the line of control -- the de-facto border between the two countries -- when soldiers intercepted them, triggering a gunfight.
"Six terrorists were killed after the army foiled an infiltration bid in the Rampur sector," Kalia told AFP, referring to an area around 100 kilometres (62 miles) north-west of the region's main city Srinagar.
He said the troops were combing the area to ensure that no other militants were in hiding.
The deadly clash happened a day after the army said it had shot dead two militants in the same area after they tried to enter the Indian side.
Indian and Pakistani soldiers have in recent weeks clashed along many areas of the border, with the Indian army earlier this week making a rare admission that it was proactively targeting Pakistani positions that it believed were aiding militants to cross over to the Indian side.
Kashmir has been split between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947, with both nations claiming it in its entirety.
New Delhi regularly accuses Pakistan of arming and training anti-India rebels and pushing them across the border to launch attacks on Indian forces in the restive Himalayan valley, where an armed rebellion broke-out in the 1990's.
The insurgency has significantly weakened since, but over the last year there has been an upsurge in civilian protests against Indian rule.
Anti-India sentiment runs deep in the predominantly Muslim Kashmir valley, one of the world's most heavily militarised spots, where most people favour independence or a merger with Pakistan.