Terrorist killed in Bandipora encounter involved in many attacks: JK Police

Elias Hubbard
October 12, 2017

The two Garud Commandos of the Indian Air Force, who were killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir yesterday, were part of the first batch of IAF personnel attached to the Army for anti-terror training in the wake of the Pathankot attack.

He said that they were part of the Lashkar group involved in several attacks on security forces and civilians in the area in recent past.

"As the forces were closing in around 5 am, the hiding militants fired upon them, resulting in the injuries to three personnel of Garud Commando Force".

"After the encounter, we recovered two bodies- one was a local terrorist, other was a Pakistani national named Ali alias Abu Mas". Two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists, one of them a Pakistani national, were also killed in the encounter.

The incident took place in the wee hours of Wednesday when a Special Operation Group of J&K police and Army conducted a search operation in Rakh-e-Hajin village. This encounter came into wake just after joint team security forces killed the top leader of LeT in Ladoora area of North Kashmir.

Police say at least 160 militants and 59 soldiers or police have been killed so far this year.

Police said the slain terrorists were involved in many attacks, including the attack on an off-duty BSF Jawan Mohammad Ramzan at his home. Two Kashmiris were also died in a gunfight with Indian security forces in Bandipora district. Hundreds of people attended the funeral of the local militant, the reports said. "The Chinar Corps commander and all ranks salute the martyrs and offer condolences to the bereaved families". They had undergone a four-week pre-induction training before being deployed for counter-insurgency operations with 13 Rashtriya Rifles.

The Garud force, tasked with guarding air force bases, trained in fight terrorists and insurgents and in search and rescue, origins lie in Jammu and Kashmir.

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