The search operation launched in a forest area in Verinag area of southKashmir's Anantnag district was called off on Saturday afternoon after nocontact was established with the militants, officials said.
An official said that the operation was launched today morning in Nowgamforests following inputs about the presence of militants there.
"In the initial round of fire, a local militant of JeM, identified asIqbal Ahmad, was killed," he said, adding that two more militants hiding in thearea managed to flee.
He said the operation was intensified to track the militants.
"The operation was called off after several hours as no contact wasestablished," said the official.