Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Two IAF commandos killed in Kashmir

Two IAF commandos killed in Kashmir

After Wednesday's encounter in Bandipora between security forces and militants, Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra will meet home minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi, India Today reported. Two Indian Air Force Garud commandos were killed in the encounter and two terrorists have also been shot dead.

In Srinagar Two Garud Commandos of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were killed in an encounter in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir in the early hours of Wednesday.

According to sources, army's 13 RR and SOG launched a cordon-and-search at Rakh-e- Hajin village on Tuesday night, following inputs about the presence of some LeT militants in the area. As per the report, two terrorists have been gunned down during the encounter.

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"They (militants) were asked to stop and surrender but they opened fire and lobbed a grenade, in which one Garud commando achieved martyrdom on the spot and another was seriously injured.Later he too succumbed", the statement said. They were also involved in firing on a patrol party in which one Army Captain and two Army jawans were injured.

The slain militants have been identified as Abu Bakr alias Ali Baba, a Pakistani national, and Nasarullah Mir, a resident of Hajin. Both belonged to the Pakistan-based terror outfit LeT, the police said and added that they were involved in the killing of off-duty BSF constable Muhammad Ramzan on September 28. Hundreds of people attended the funeral of the local militant, the reports said. Two Kashmiris were also died in a gunfight with Indian security forces in Bandipora district. General officer, Commanding, of the Chinar Corps of the Army, Lt General JS Sandhu led officers and other ranks in paying tribute to the slain IAF men. The security forces are going after militants as part of Operation Hunt Down and on the basis of a hit list of terrorists.

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