Lakhvi's nephew among 6 militants, soldier killed in Hajin gunfight

Lt General J.S. Sandhu addresses a press conference

In the encounter, which took place in Hajin area of northern Bandipore, a Garud commando of the Indian Air Force also got martyred.

A police office said that forces had received specific intelligence input about the presence of militants in the area, following which the search operation was initiated.

"As the cordon a search operation was launched in the area, militants fired at party to break the cordon". One of the terrorists killed in the encounter is Owaid, nephew of 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi.

The Garud Commando Force is the special forces unit of the IAF.

J&K Police chief Shesh Pal Vaid confirmed that six militants, including Lakhvi's nephew, were gunned down. "Weapons and ammunition recovered", DGP SP Vaid tweeted. However, the commando succumbed to injuries in the military hospital, the defence spokesman said, adding that the search operation in the area is still going on. He said the slain militants were from Pakistan. After being caught, the harmful militants resorted to open firing which was countered by the security forces leading to the former's death.

The gunfight erupted at village Hajin in Bandipora, about 32 km north of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"An IAF Garud commando was killed, while an army soldier was injured", he said. Owaid is the third man from the Lakhvi family to be killed in Kashmir.

On Saturday, the Indian security forces killed 6 terrorists in Kashmir's Bandipore district. In 2007, Lakhvi's 20-year-old son Mohammad Qasim was killed in an encounter with the army and J&K police.

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