A fierce encounter ensued in the frontier district of Kupwara between militants and security forces during a search operation early this morning, official sources said here.
They said troops of 47 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police launched a joint search operation at Drugmulla in the north Kashmir district of Kupwara following a tip-off about the presence of militants.
However, when the security forces were moving towards the particular area, militants hiding there opened fire with automatic weapons.
Troops also retaliated, ensuing a fierce encounter, they said, adding that additional security forces have been rushed from nearby camps to foil any militant attempt to escape.
It was, however, not immediately clear as to how many militants are hold up in the area, they said. Further details are awaited.
Last month, there were reports that about eight militants had infiltrated into this side from Pakistan-occupied- Kashmir (PoK). However, three of them were killed while another was arrested alive in the district.