Encounter in Bandipora: Two IAF Garud commandos, two terrorists killed in J&K's Hajin; one militant identified as Pak national

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. Vohra will meet Singh at his residence at 10 am, according to the report.

The encounter occurred in the Hajin area of Bandipora in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday morning. Two Indian Air Force Garud commandos were killed in the encounter and two terrorists have also been shot dead. The Garud personnel were operating with the army for operational experience.

"Terrorists opened fire on a joint party of 13 RR of army and SOG of Jammu and Kashmir police laying siege to Rakh (Paribal) area of Hajin Wednesday morning following inputs about the presence of about eight terrorists in the area," defence spokesperson, based in Srinagar, told The Times of India.

"As the forces were closing in, the hiding terrorists fired upon them around 5 am, resulting in injuries to jawans. Two Garud personnel were martyred in the action." Two army jawans were also injured in the encounter and shifted to 92 base hospital for further treatment, The Indian Express quoted Director General of Press Information Bureau, KS Dhatwalia, as saying.

The terrorists are reportedly associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). SP Vaid, DGP of Jammu and Kashmir Police, said that one of the slain terrorists has been identified as a local and the other is a Pakistani national.

According to reports, mobile internet service was suspended to maintain law and order situation following the encounter.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

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.

Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police SP Vaid had said it was a major breakthrough for the security forces as the militant was involved in many attacks on security camps in North Kashmir as well as targetting policemen in particular.

"He was killed in a joint operation by the Jammu and Kashmir Police's Special Operation Group, local police, the CRPF and the Army," he had said. Khalid, who is a Pakistani national, had been operational in the area for last two to three years and was also instrumental in arranging recruits for the terror outfit, police had said.

He had recently carried out an attack on a Special Police Officer and his seven-year-old son at Handwara, they had said and added that Khalid was an A++ category top ranking terrorist and carried a cash reward of nearly Rs 7 lakh.

The police had said that security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Ladoora area following information about the presence of militants in the area.

The search operation turned into a gun battle when the militants opened fire on the search party, the police had said, adding that more troops were rushed to the area to prevent the militants from escaping.

The Jaish commander was killed in the encounter, they had said.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Oct 11, 2017 11:39 AM

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