Air Force Commandos Killed During Encounter In Kashmir's Bandipora

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In an official statement, the Indian Air Force said that intel was received on the night of October 10 by the Army conveying that 5-6 terrorists were hiding in a house in Hajin village.

In the ensuing encounter, so far, two militants have been killed and their identity are being ascertained. The commandos were reportedly operating with the army for operational experience and training.

Two Indian Air Force personnel and two militants were killed during a gunfight between militants and the state government forces that erupted on wee hours of Wednesday in Paribal Rakhi Hajin area of district Bandipora.

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 Jammu and Kashmir Police, 13 personnel of the Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and nine paramilitary force personnel are deployed in the operation which is now underway. The Garud commandos, who are from a special unit of the IAF, sustained critical injuries and died later.

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 almost Rs 7 lakh.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Hajin area of Bandipora district early today following information about presence of militants in the area, he said. They are also trained to conduct airborne and counter terrorist operations.

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