A gunbattle broke out between militants and security forces in Pulwama district of South Kashmir this morning.

Acting on specific information that two militants were hiding in a house in Shankerpora, 40 km from here, police assisted by security forces cordoned the village late last night, Senior Superintendent of Police, Pulwama, Kifayat Hyder said.

He said as the joint search party launched combing operation, the militants opened indiscriminate fire around 8.45 am this morning prompting security forces to return the fire.

The exchange of fire between the two sides is going on, he said.