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5 militants, IAF Garud killed, jawan injured in north Kashmir encounter

5 militants, IAF Garud killed, jawan injured in north Kashmir encounter

Six terrorists were gunned down in north Kashmir's Bandipora district on Saturday in an encounter in which a Garud commando of the Indian Air Force (IAF) was also killed.

Two Indian Air Force (IAF) Garud commandos were killed in a firefight in Hajin that also left two militants - one of them a local - dead last month. Total of 6 LeT militants eliminated.

Indian Army and police have claimed recovery of weapons and ammunition from the gunfight site. One of the terrorists killed in the encounter is Owaid, nephew of 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi. The Garud Commando is the special forces unit of the IAF. Troops also retaliated and in the ensuing exchange of fire six militants were killed, he said.

The shootout began when soldiers cordoned a neighbourhood in the northern area of Hajin after a tip-off that "militants" were hiding there, said army spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia.

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 operations come a day after Jammu and Kashmir Police were engaged in a shoot-out in Zakura, which lies on the outskirts of Srinagar. Sources said the group had killed a border security force trooper in the region.

An Army jawan and a militant were killed in an encounter in Kulgam district on November 14. Some police officers said that this is one of a big setback for the terrorists as the same area had witnessed a series of attacks on security forces by terrorists.


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