J&K: Security forces gun down five terrorists in Bandipora

Representational image. A search operation resulted in an encounter in Bandipora district when the militants hiding there fired on the search party of the security forces who retaliated

Gunfight erupted in Chandergeer, Jamia Mohalla area of Hajin town in northern part of Kashmir's Bandipora district, reports said.

The encounter between the security forces and militants is underway, Kalia said. According to the tip off, Owaid, also called Umair, son of Zakiur Rehman Makki and nephew of the LeT top functionary and mastermind of the Mumbai attack of 2008 Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi was among the six militants hiding in a house.

A senior police official said that the killed militants include Lashkar commanders Zargam and Mehmood.

Defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said six militants, including LeT commander Mahmood Bhai, were killed in the gunfight. Six weapons were also recovered from the encounter site.

DGP Vaid added that all of the terrorists neutralised today were Pakistanis. "A total of six LeT militants were eliminated".

The operation was led by the troopers of Indian Army's Rashtriya Rifles, Jammu and Kashmir Anti Terrorist Squad and the Central Reserve Police Force.

The Garud Commando Force is the special forces unit of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Last month two militants and two IAF personnel were killed in a similar gunfight in the village.

Mir is the first militant of the Al-Qaeda to be killed by security forces in Kashmir. Prior to that, two terrorists had got killed in an encounter in Bonikhan Hajin on November 22, 2016.

Apart from featuring in the National Investigating Agency (NIA)'s most wanted list, Lakhvi is also among the 3 globally prosecuted terrorists named by India and the European Union in their joint statement to combat terrorism.

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