Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi's Son Killed With Four Other Militants In Hajin Encounter

19 November, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Six killed in shooutout in held Kashmir

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

Rajesh Kalia said troopers of the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) surrounded Chandergair village in Hajin area of Bandipora district, following information about the presence of militants there.

Indian Army and police have claimed recovery of weapons and ammunition from the gunfight site. "One of the militants named Owaid is the son of Zaki-ur-Rehman Maki and nephew of Zaki-Ur- Rehman Lakhvi" (the alleged Mumbai attack mastermind), tweeted Director general of Police SP Vaid.

Defence spokesman told media that the slain militants includes LeT Commander Mahmood Bhai.

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

An Air Force commando, who was also part of the operation, lost his life. The Lashkar leadership has been killed in southern districts of Kashmir where its commanders and key militants including Junaid Matto, Abu Ismail and Arif Lelhari fell a year ago. The encounter ended at around 6:50 pm on Saturday, following which internet services in the valley was suspended.

"The killing of Mehmood Bhai is a big jolt to LeT and we are hopeful that after this operation, security forces will gain upper hand in Hajin and its adjoining areas again", the officer said.

"Six LeT terrorists have been eliminated in Bandipora encounter", Vaid said.

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