A gunfight broke out between militants and the government forces in Shirmal area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Tuesday.

A joint team of army’s 44RR and SOG of the state police launched a search operation in Shirmal following inputs about presence of some militants in the area.

As the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants opened fire, triggering a gunfight, news agency GNS reported.

A senior police official said a brief exchange of fire has taken place between militants and the forces in an orchard of Shirmal.

The officer said that firing has stopped as off now and that they have started searches in the orchard spread over several acres.