Security forces on Sunday launched a massive search operation in Keran sector of Kupwara district to flush out militants who had possibly infiltrated from across the border, official sources said.
A group of militants were seen moving in Kolarnag area in Keran sector, 130 kms from Srinagar, in the wee hours on Sunday and were challenged by the Army troops deployed there, the sources said.
They said the troops opened fire on the militants but they escaped taking advantage of darkness leaving behind two AK magazines with four rounds, two hand grenades, a radio set with antenna, a rack sack and a combat jacket which were seized in the subsequent operation.
The operation was launched soon after the observance of the movement of the militants and was going on till last reports were received, the sources said.
They said there was no fresh contact between the militants and the search parties.
Army troops, last week, had scuttled an infiltration bid in nearby Tangdhar sector by killing three militants.