J&K: Two LeT killed in encounter, two IAF soldier martyred

Bandipora encounter 2 soldiers martyred 2 terrorists gunned down

Almost 150 militants, including top commanders Sabzar Bhat, Junaid Mattoo, Ayub Lelhari, Bashir Lashkari, Abu Dujana, Mehmood Gaznavi and Umer Khalid, have been killed by security forces this year, which is the highest in the past eight years. "Two terrorists were killed and two air force Garud paras were martyred in the action", he said.

In September 2016, over 19 Indian soldiers were killed in an attack on the Uri army base.

Two Indian Air Force (IAF) commandos and two Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) terrorists were killed in a gunfight in Hajin area of north Kashmir's Bandipora district on Wednesday morning.

The encounter began in the wee hours after the security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Hajin area of Bandipora district in the early hours following information about presence of militants in the area.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Virdhi Kumar Birdi told reporters that the slain militants were Abu Baker alias Ali Baba and Nasrullah Mir of Lashkari-e-Taiba (LeT).

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"The militants opened fire on our forces and killed two Airforce Guard commandos". They were part of the first Garud squad to be attached with the Rashtriya Rifles unit in August after they underwent a two-week pre-induction training. They also pelted stones on the forces deployed in the area, triggering clashes.

Hailing the soldiers, Vaid said in an ensuing tweet, "Salute to officers &a Jawans of SF & J&K Police".

The Indian army camp was attacked by grenades thrown by the attackers. This lead to a gunbattle, the official said.

The firing had stopped and search operations were on, local sources said.

"As the forces were closing in, the militants fired upon them around 5 am, resulting in injuries to many army personnel". With stepped-up anti-terror operations, the nefarious designs of terrorists have received a serious blow.