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J&K: Two IAF commandos, LeT militants killed in Bandipora encounter

The militants opened fire on the security forces, triggering a gun battle

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Bandipora encounter
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Two Garud Commandos of the (IAF) and two militants were killed in an encounter in district of today.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Hajin area of district in the early hours today following information about the presence of militants in the area, an official said.

He said the militants opened fire on the security forces, triggering a gun battle.

Two Garud personnel, who were part of the operation for training and experience purpose, were injured in the exchange of fire with the militants, the official said.

The injured personnel were evacuated to 92 Base Hospital here where they succumbed to injuries.

They have been identified as Sergeant Milind Kishor and Corporal Nilesh Kumar.

Two militants have been killed in the encounter, the official said adding the slain ultras belonged to Lashkar-e- Toiba (LeT).

They have been identified as Ali alias Abu Maaz, a Pakistani militant, and Nasrullah Mir, a local militant.

Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid said these militants were involved in a number of terror attacks in which security forces personnel and civilians were killed.

"It is a big success for security forces," Vaid said.

A police official said two AK rifles, one pistol, one hand grenade 12 AK magazines and 75 rounds were recovered from the scene of the encounter.

General officer Commanding of the Chinar Corps of the Lt General J S Sandhu led officers and other ranks in paying tribute to the slain men.

"Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks salute the supreme sacrifice of India Air Force Garud martyrs of Hajin operation," an official said.

A wreath-laying ceremony was held at Badamibagh headquarters of the Army here for the soldiers.

Senior officers from the Army, police and were present at the ceremony.

First Published: Wed, October 11 2017. 16:16 IST