Srinagar, May 3

An encounter broke out between militants and security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, police said.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the Imam Sahib area of Shopian district in south Kashmir in the morning, a police official said.

He said a brief exchange of firing took place between the two sides after a contact with the militants was established.

The area had been put under cordon and further details were awaited, the official said.