Srinagar: A brief exchange of fire took place between security forces and militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Monday, police said. No loss of life has been reported, a police official said. The incident happened in Ganderbal district’s Bakoora area, he said.

Security forces have launched a search operation in the area, the official said, adding further details are awaited.

On Sunday, two Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in an overnight encounter with security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. The security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Khudpora area on Saturday evening following information about the presence of the militants there, a police official said.

He said the search operation turned into an encounter after the militants opened fire towards the security forces, who retaliated. Two militants were killed in the encounter while two others managed to escape, he said.

“A couple of terrorists managed to escape from the site as blood trails have been seen there,” he added. The slain militants have been identified as Mohammad Irfan Bhat and Shahid Mir. While Bhat had joined militant ranks last year, Mir was part of an arms case from 2004, a police spokesperson said.