Snow pushes out Lakhvi's nephew from Kashmir woods, is among 7 killed

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

A defence spokesperson told Rising Kashmir that an IAF GARUD has been killed while an army man was injured in the ongoing gunfight between militants and the state government forces in Chandergeer.

Sources said the gunfight erupted at Chandrageer village, around 35 kilometres from Srinagar, when joint teams of police, Army and CRPF launched counter-insurgency operation. "One of the terrorists named Owaid is son of Zakir Rehman Maki and nephew of Zakir Rehman Lakhvi", he tweeted.

The army said as the cordon around the hiding terrorists was tightened, they fired at the security forces triggering an encounter.

The security forces had specific input on presence of LeT terrorists in the area.

An Air Force commando, who was also part of the operation, lost his life. He admitted that Hajin is a very hard area as Army has lost three officers while a Commanding Officer of CRPF also was martyrd, he said adding that there was also stone pelting incidents but we continued our operation and achieved the result. He said the slain militants were from Pakistan.

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.

Director General of Police (DGP) Dr S P Vaid described it a major success and said Hajin was a hard area.

Owaid is the third close relative of Lashkar chief Lakhvi who was killed in Kashmir.

On November 14, one terrorist was killed by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district. 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 past year.