Six terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), including nephew of 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, have been killed by the security forces in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
A Garud commando of the Indian Air Force (IAF) was also martyred in the operation and 2 Army soldiers injured.
The Garud Commando Force is the special forces unit of the IAF. The development comes as a big boost for the security forces in the Valley.
Security forces cordoned off and launched a search operation in Chandergeer village in Hajin area of Bandipora district after receiving specific intelligence input about the presence of terrorists in the area, a police official said.
As search operations were going on, the terrorists hiding there fired at the security forces, who retaliated befittingly.
Apart from Lakhvi’s nephew, another slain terrorist has been identified as Owaid, son of terror outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Abdul Rehman Makki. Makki is the brother-in-law of Hafiz Saeed.
Authorities have ordered suspension of mobile internet services, including 2G, 3G & 4G services, in Bandipora following the encounter. The Hajin encounter has now come to an end.
A huge cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered.