IAF commando, six militants including Lakhvi's nephew killed in Kashmir gunfight

Earlier, a gunfight broke out between militants and government forces in Hajin area of north Kashmir's Bandipora district.

Ejaz-ul-haq Bhat
Bandipora, Publish Date: Nov 18 2017 5:05PM | Updated Date: Nov 18 2017 8:54PM
IAF commando, six militants including Lakhvi's nephew killed in Kashmir gunfightOwaid alias Abu Ausama, nephew of Zakir-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was killed in Hajin gunfight

A commando of the IAF's Garud force and six militants, including top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leader Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi's nephew, were killed in a gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district on Saturday, officials said.

"The encounter is now finished and was a success. Total of 6 LeT militants eliminated. Weapons and ammunition recovered," DGP SP Vaid tweeted. 

He said one of the militant named "Owaid is son of Zakir Rehman Maki and nephew of Zakir Rehman Lakhvi."

"LeT commanders Zargam and Mehmood also eliminated in the operation today. All of the militants neutralised today were Pakistanis," Vaid said in his another tweet. 

An IAF Garud commando, identified as Nirala, was also killed in the firefight.

Earlier, a gunfight broke out between militants and government forces in Hajin area of north Kashmir's Bandipora district.

An official said a Joint team of Army's 13 RR, Special Operations Group (SOG) and 45 BN of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) launched a cordon-and-search-operation after “specific inputs” about presence of militants in Chandergeer area.

“"As they approached the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, which was retaliated, triggering an encounter," he said.

Seven militants were believed to be trapped inside the cordoned off area.



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