Terrorists on Tuesday managed to give slip to forces after initial exchange of fire in Kakapora belt of Pulwama district, officials said.

A senior police officer said that a search operation which was launched after a brief exchange of fire has been called off.

He said search operation was launched by joint team of forces including 50 RR, CRPF and Pulwama Police on specific inputs about the presence of militants in Marwal village of Pulwama district.

He said that when the search operation was being launched, militants fired upon forces which was retaliated triggering an encounter in which two army soldiers were injured. However, the official said that militants managed to flee from the spot.

“Search operation which continued for many hours has been called off,” he said.

Meanwhile, authorities continued to keep the internet closed in the area in the wake of alleged thrashing of scribes at the encounter site