Five terrorists killed in Kashmir's Bandipora encounter, gunfight underway

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

Six militants and an Indian Air Force (IAF) commando were killed while an army man was injured in a gunfight in Hajin area of north Kashmir's Bandipora district on Saturday, police said.

"As the cordon a search operation was launched in the area, militants fired at party to break the cordon".

Troops also retaliated and in the ensuing exchange of fire, five militants were killed, he said. Two of the dead terrorists were also identified as Lashkar-e-Taiba commanders.

Indian Army and police have claimed recovery of weapons and ammunition from the gunfight site. Total of 6 LeT terrorists eliminated. He said the slain militants were from Pakistan. "During the prolonged gunfight, six terrorists were killed", Srinagar-based defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said. After being caught, the harmful militants resorted to open firing which was countered by the security forces leading to the former's death.

The top police officer also added in another tweet that Lashkar commanders Zargam and Mehmood have also been killed in the operation. One personnel from the IAF's Garud force was killed in the gun battle while two army personnel were injured. Sources said the group had killed a border security force trooper in the region. 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. 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.

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