Kashmir: Soldiers, LeT militants killed in Bandipora encounter

Encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora: Two LeT terrorists killed, two IAF personnel martyred in Hajin; mobile ...

This encounter broke out just two days after a joint team of security forces on Monday killed top Jaish-e-Mohammed militant commander Umer Khalid in Ladoora area of North Kashmir.

According to the Kashmir Media Service, a youth in the Keran area of Kupwara district was also killed in a separate gun battle.

The Indian Air Force commandoes were working with the Indian Army and the Jammu and Kashmir police for operational experience and training.

The police sources said, "Three soldiers sustained injuries, two of whom were critical and later succumbed".

Police officials said, one soldier was reported injured in the encounter near Paribal village. As per the reports, the terrorists were associated LeT Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Special Operation Group of J&K police and Army were conducting cordon and search operation.

Two terrorists have been killed in the battle so far.

One among the militant killed is a Pakistani named Ali alias Abu Maaz, and the other, a local militant Nasrullah Mir. They were also involved in firing on a patrol party in which one Army Captain and two Army jawans were injured.

The Army said in a statement that "befitting" tributes were paid to the two IAF martyrs at a wreath-laying ceremony at Srinagar's Badami Bagh cantonment, home of the 15 (Chinar) Corps. Hundreds of people attended the funeral of the local militant, the reports said. This is the first time Air Force commandos have been killed in an encounter in Kashmir.

The Garud force, tasked with guarding air force bases, trained in fight terrorists and insurgents and in search and rescue, origins lie in Jammu and Kashmir. Two Kashmiris were also died in a gunfight with Indian security forces in Bandipora district. With stepped-up anti-terror operations, the nefarious designs of terrorists have received a serious blow.

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