Indian army
Reuters

An Army jawan was killed in an encounter with terrorists near the Line of Control in Macchil sector of Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday evening.

The terrorists mutilated the jawan's body, apparently beheading him, before fleeing back into Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir under the cover of firing provided by the Pakistan Army, Times of India reported.

"One militant was also killed in the gun-battle. But the despicable act of mutilating the jawan's body reflects the barbarism pervading in official and unofficial organisations in Pakistan," said the Army spokesperson in Srinagar.

"The terrorists managed to escape due to the covering fire provided to them from the Pakistan Army posts. The incident will be responded to appropriately," he added. The soldier was identified as Manjeet Singh of 17 Sikh Light Infantry.

Sources said the operation seemed to be the handiwork of a BAT (border action team), which typically consists of terrorists and Pakistan Army regulars, and is bound to further escalate tensions along the Line of Control and the international boundary in J&K.