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2 IAF commandos martyred, two Lashkar terrorists killed

| | Srinagar

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 area is emerging as a bastion of the LeT, as the local support and recruitment has consolidated for more than a year.

Police said the joint parties of 13 Rashtriya Rifles, CRPF and the counter-insurgency wing of police cordoned off Pribal Salamabad area of Hajin, around 35 kilometers from here, following inputs on the presence of a group of terrorists.

Defence sources said the commandos were operating with the Army for operational experience and training.

During the search operations, the joint party

noticed a group of terrorists carrying arms and ammunition in a street and asked them to surrender.

“The terrorists opened fire and lobbed a grenade, in which one Garud Commando Corporal Nilesh Kumar Nayan attained martyrdom on the spot while another Garud Commando Sergeant Khairnar Milind Kishor got seriously injured and later succumbed to his injuries,” a police spokesman said.

Sources said the team returned the fire in which two terrorists, identified as Nasrullah Mir alias Anna, a local extremist and a foreign terrorist Ali Bai alias Abu Bakker got killed.

One pistol, a huge quantity of ammunition and two AK-series rifles were recovered from the encounter site.

Police said the slain terrorists were involved in many attacks, including the attack on an off-duty BSF Jawan Mohammad Ramzan at his home. They were also involved in firing on a patrol party in which one Army Captain and two Army jawans were injured.

Mir was also involved in stone pelting cases.

Clashes erupted in Hajin area after Mir was buried in a local graveyard. Police fired teargas shells and pellets to disperse the mob. Mir was a resident of Mir Mohalla in Hajin and had joined the extremists in May 2017.

However, the foreign terrorists’ body was not given to locals as the police usually bury them in a graveyard in Baramulla district away from public gaze.

Sources said that Hajin area has thrown a bigger challenge to security forces as the LeT and Jaish-e-Muhammad outfits have accumulated in the area with effective local support. 



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