Government forces on Thursday evening launched a search operation in Kanelwan area of Bijbehara in south Kashmir's Anantnag district after militants attacked a patrol party.
An official said that army and SOG of Jammu and Kashmir police started searches in the area after militants fired upon the patrol party.
There was no immediate report of any casualties.
He said that three militants are believed to be hiding in the area.
Meanwhile, clashes erupted in the area after people took to streets to disrupt the anti-militant operation.