Bandipora encounter: Nephew of 26/11 mastermind Lakhvi among 6 militants killed

Defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said that five militants were killed in the ongoing gunfight. PTI File

Defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said that five militants were killed in the ongoing gunfight. PTI File

Security forces 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, a police official said. After being caught, the harmful militants resorted to open firing which was countered by the security forces leading to the former's death.

Two Lashkar commandos - Zargam and Mehmood - were also eliminated in this operation.

At least five terrorists were neutralised by security forces during an encounter in north Kashmir's Bandipora district today.

It is the same neighbourhood where two soldiers from the Air Force's commando squad, Garud, had lost their lives last month.

The gunbattle, which broke out in Hajin region, is still said to be underway.

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

A senior police officer told DH that it was a group of nine LeT militants led by Mehmood Bhai which had made Hajin their basin for nearly two years. Thereafter, Ikhwan suffered reverses and most of its cadres were selectively killed by terrorists.

"One soldier has also sustained injuries in the operation", Col. Kalia said.

Of the six slain militants, two were commanders of LeT. The cordon led to a gunfight in which six militants and the IAF commando were killed.

On August 27, 2017, suspected LeT terrorists spread a wave of terror by beheading a 24-year-old civilian Muzaffar Ahmad Parray of Hajin whose body was spotted and fished out from river Jhelum next day.

In the same village, Zakiur Rehman Makki's elder son and Lakhvi's nephew Musaib had got killed in an encounter in Parray Mohalla on January 19, 2017.

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