Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation after receiving specific information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said. He said the search operation turned into an encounter after militants fired upon a search party of the forces, who retaliated.
The exchange of fire is going on and further details are awaited. This is the second encounter in Shopian district in the past 24 hours.
Five Hizbul Mujahideen militants, including a self styled commander, were killed in the gunbattle with security forces in Reban area of the district on Sunday.
Union Minister G Kishan Reddy on Monday said the zero tolerance policy against terrorism adopted by the Narendra Modi government has resulted in successful neutralisation of 15 terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir in last one week.
"In pursuance of the Govt of India's 'Zero Tolerance Policy against Terrorism', coupled with proactive approach and credible intelligence network; our security forces have successfully neutralized 15 terrorists in J&K in last 7 days," Reddy tweeted.
General officer Commanding (GoC) of 15 Corps Lt Gen BS Raju has said the number of terrorists in South Kashmir is around 125 of which 25 are foreign terrorists.
"We can give a rough figure of approximately 100 odd local terrorists we are looking at and may be another 20-25 foreign terrorists is the number we are broadly looking at," Lt Gen Raju said.