They said the search operation turned into an encounter after militants opened fire towards the security forces drawing retaliation. One terrorist has been killed so far, officials told news agency PTI, adding that the operation was in progress.
The identity and group affiliation of the killed terrorist was not immediately known.
Earlier, terrorists on Wednesday fired upon a civilian at the Chitragam Kalan area of Shopian. Police identified the civilian as Zameer Ahmad Bhat, who is a shopkeeper by profession and a resident of Dangerpora Chitragam Kalan. According to the police, Bhat received gunshot injuries in his leg and was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment where his condition is said to be stable.
"Police received information about a terror crime incident in the Chitragam Kalan area of Shopian where terrorists had fired upon a civilian. Senior Police officers reached the terror crime spot," the statement issued by the J&K police read.