Six terrorists gunned down in J&K's Bandipora; IAF commando martyred

A commando of Indian Air Force was killed and an army man was injured

In an encounter which broke out between security forces and militants in Hajin area of north Kashmir's Bandipora district today, 5 militants were killed.

The gunfight started late afternoon on Saturday following a cordon and search operation launched after receiving specific inputs about the presence of terrorists in the area.

Representational image. A search operation resulted in an encounter in Bandipora district when the militants hiding there fired on the search party of the security forces, who retaliated.

Defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that an IAF garud commando was killed and another army soldier injured in the encounter in Hajin. One of the terrorists killed in the encounter is Owaid, nephew of 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi.

An Air Force commando, who was also part of the operation, lost his life.

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

Earlier in the day, large number of people defied curfew-like restrictions, imposed by the authorities, to attend the funeral of slain militant Mugees Ahmad Mir.

The top police officer also added in another tweet that Lashkar commanders Zargam and Mehmood have also been killed in the operation. "An Air Force Guard commando was martyred and one soldier has been injured during the gunfight", he said. Owaid is the third man from the Lakhvi family to be killed in Kashmir. Lakhvi is among the three globally prosecuted terrorists named by India (Hafiz Saeed and Dawood Ibrahim being the other two) and the European Union in their joint statement to combat terrorism.

The development is a big boost for the security forces in the Valley.

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