Two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, including a Sub Inspector, were killed in an exchange of fire between a patrolling party and some militants in the Dhalai district of Tripura on Tuesday morning.

According to BSF, the encounter began around 6.30 am in the general area of Border Outpost R.C. Nath in Dhalai district.

Sub-Inspector Bhuru Singh and Constable Raj Kumar sustained fatal injuries and later succumbed.

“As per the blood strains available at the spot, militants have reportedly sustained some injuries,” the BSF said in a statement, adding both the personnel “fought valiantly before succumbing to their injuries”.

A massive search operation has been launched in the area to nab the militants, said the BSF.