There were no reports of casualties on either side so far. Courtesy: Express photo/Representational

An encounter broke out between militants and security forces in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir early on Tuesday morning. There were no reports of casualties on either side so far. The operation is underway.

Based on inputs about the presence of militants in Bijbehara area of the south Kashmir district, the security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the morning, a police official said. The search operation turned into an encounter after the militants fired upon the forces, who retaliated. The exchange of firing was going on when last reports came in, the official added.

The incident comes less than 24 hours after an Army Major and a militant were killed, while another officer and two troopers were injured in an encounter between security forces and the ultras in Anantnag district. An unidentified militant was also killed in the gunfight and his body was recovered.

In a separate incident Monday, an attack took place when a patrol unit of the 44 Rashtriya Rifles was moving towards Arihal village in Pulwama. Jammu-Kashmir police said six army jawans and two civilians were injured in the blast.