Six killed in shooutout in held Kashmir

J&K Police chief Shesh Pal Vaid confirmed that six militants including Lakhvi's nephew were gunned down. File

At least five suspected militants and an Indian air force commando were killed Saturday in a fierce gunbattle in disputed Kashmir, police said.

The state police's anti-terror squad and the Central Reserve Police Force had surrounded Chandergeer village in Bandipora district's Hajin area, following specific information about the presence of terrorists there.

The joint team of forces intensified the combing operation and the hiding militants opened fire upon them triggering of an encounter, he said.

An Indian Air Force (IAF) commando was also martyred in the operation.

He said that along with Owaid, LeT commanders Zargam and Mehmood were also eliminated in the operation.

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"The gunfight is still underway", the spokesman added. "Weapons and ammunition recovered. In the gunfight so far five militants have been killed and the operation is on", an Army officer said. He said all the six slain militants were Pakistani nationals. The Garud Commando is the special forces unit of the IAF.

A senior police officer told DH that it was a group of nine LeT militants led by Mehmood Bhai which had made Hajin their basin for nearly two years.

An Army jawan and a militant were killed in an encounter in Kulgam district on November 14.

The development is a big boost for the security forces in the Valley. The internet services in the district that borders the Line of Control have been suspended as a precautionary measure, an official said.

During the encounter, clashes erupted in the area between locals and government forces.

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