A fierce gunfight erupted between militants and government forces in forests of Branpathri Kahlil area of Tral in south kashmir's Pulwama district.
A police official said that after receiving specific inputs about the presence of some militants, government forces launched a cordon search operation in the area.
He said on approaching towards a particular spot, a search party was fired upon by militants.
"The fire was retaliated, leading to a gunfight between the two sides," he said.
He said that the exchange of fire was on when last reports came in.
Further details awaited.