Acting on specific information about the presence of militants in Putshai area of Lolab in the district, security forces cordoned off the area and began a search operation today, an army official said.
He said as the search operation was going on, militants who were hiding there fired upon the forces resulting in a gun battle.
Two militants have been killed in the operation so far, the official said. He said the identity of the slain militants could not be immediately ascertained.
The operation was still ongoing.