Published: Sun, November 19, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

5 militants, soldier killed in JK's Bandipora, search operation underway

5 militants, soldier killed in JK's Bandipora, search operation underway

Bandipora: Six Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants including LeT chief Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi's nephew were killed in a gunfight in Hajin's Chandargeer village on Saturday.

The Garud Commando Force is the special forces unit of the IAF.

Security forces cordoned off and launched a search operation in Chandergeer village in Hajin area of the district after receiving specific intelligence input about the presence of militants in the area.

Indian Army and police have claimed recovery of weapons and ammunition from the gunfight site.

In October, two IAF Garud commandos were killed in an encounter that also left two terrorists including a local recruit dead.

Two LeT commanders - Zargam and Mehmood - were also eliminated in the operation today, the DGP said, adding that the operation was a "success".

Defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that an IAF garud commando was killed and another army soldier injured in the encounter in Hajin.

The operations come a day after Jammu and Kashmir Police were engaged in a shoot-out in Zakura, which lies on the outskirts of Srinagar. The Lashkar leadership has been killed in southern districts of Kashmir where its commanders and key militants including Junaid Matto, Abu Ismail and Arif Lelhari fell past year. All the slain militants, including top commander Mahmood Bhai are Pakistani.

Director General of Police (DGP) Dr S P Vaid described it a major success and said Hajin was a hard area. Internet services were suspended in the district.

On Saturday, the Indian security forces killed 6 terrorists in Kashmir's Bandipore district.

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