Srinagar: As the militants managed to escape from the area, The search operation launched after a brief shootout in Imam Sahab area of Shopian on Monday morning was called off.

Official sources said that the militants and the forces exchanged brief fire in Sagran Imam Sahab area after the latter launched a cordon-and-search-operation around 3 AM.

He said the militants may have managed to give a slip to the forces because of darkness.

“After the brief shootout, the searches were intensified in the area. But no contact was established with the militants,” said an official, adding that the operation was called off later.