IAF personnel killed in gunfight with militants in Kashmir

12 October, 2017, 01:06 | Author: Kim Reid
  • 2 Air Force Commandos Killed During Encounter In Kashmir's Bandipora

The soldiers, as well as the militants, were killed after the security forces launched a cordon search operation in the Hajin area of Bandipora district after being informed of the presence of terrorists in the area, early on Wednesday, he 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. The slain militants belonged to LeT, said the officer. This lead to a gunbattle, the official said.

This is the first time Air Force commandos have been killed in an encounter in Kashmir.

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The militants had stormed Parray's residence at Hajin area of Bandipora on September 28.

The hidden militants triggered the encounter by firing at the approaching security forces. Large contingent of Police and Para-military troopers had been deployed on roads to maintain law and order.

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Almost 150 militants, including top commanders Sabzar Bhat, Junaid Matoo, Ayoub Lelhari, Bashir Lashkari, Abu Dujana and Mehmood Gaznavi and Umer Khalid have been killed by the security forces this year, which is highest in the last eight years.

Meanwhile, mobile Internet service has also been suspended in the district following the gunfight.

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According to the orders of District Magistrate Bandipora, class work shall remain suspended in Government Degree College Sumbal, Government Higher Secondary Sumbal, Government Higher Secondary School Hajin, Government Higher Secondary School Naidkhai and Government High School Sumbal on Thursday.

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