Bandipora encounter: two LeT militants killed; two IAF personnel martyred

2 militants killed in encounter in north kashmirs bandipore

In 1990, at least four air force officers were killed by Yasin Malik, one of the top members of the militant group, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).

Last year, armed rebels had stormed the army base near the border town of Uri in which 18 soldiers were killed.

Bandipore: In a fierce shootout between government forces and the militants during wee hours on Wednesday in Hajin area of North Kashmir's Bandipore district two two Air Force commandos and an equal number of militants were killed.

The police official also said that both slain militants were local Kashmiris belonging to the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant outfit.

"As the forces were closing in around 5 am, the hiding militants fired upon them, resulting in the injuries to three personnel of Garud Commando Force. Two Garud personnel were martyred in the action". They were with the army for operational experience and training. Two AK rifles, one pistol, one hand grenade, 12 AK magazines and 75 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the encounter site.

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The commandos were patrolling with an army team in Bandipora when LeT militants attacked them. General officer, Commanding, of the Chinar Corps of the Army, Lt General JS Sandhu led officers and other ranks in paying tribute to the slain IAF men.

The firing had stopped and search operations were on, local sources said. "It is a big success for security forces", Vaid said.

According to reports, the operation is still on.

Bandipora encounter: Gunbattle between security forces and terrorists is underway in Hajin, Handipora of Jammu and Kashmir. Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police S P 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 targeting policemen in particular.

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