Two IAF personnel killed in gunfight belonged to Nashik, Bihar

Lawrence Kim
October 12, 2017

Two Indian Air Force (IAF) men and two Lashkar-e-Taiba's (LeT) militants were killed in a gunfight in north Kashmir's Bandipora on Wednesday morning, marking a tactical shift of the security grid in the wake of reports of identification of high-value targets by LeT and Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM).

A Court of Inquiry into the Pathankot attack conducted by Air Vice-Marshal Amit Dev besides noticing serious lapses in the base security as well as the handling of the incident, it had also noted that had the terrorists been pinned down by IAF Garud commandoes, the lives of the five Defence Security Corps personnel could have been saved. There was a specific input about the presence of terrorists in that area and the operation was launched in the wee hours. "Once contact with the terrorists was established, they attempted to break contact and while doing so they sprayed bullets indiscriminately", army sources told WION/DNA. "And while trying to escape, the terrorists ran into a buddy pair of Garud commandos", sources added. They were posted at 12 Wing here for the past about two years and were part of the first batch of 30 Garud commandos sent on a six-month attachment with the Army to the Valley for what IAF officers term "live situational training".

The mortal remains of both the martyrs are being brought to Chandigarh for onward transportation to their respective native places in Maharashtra and Bihar.

The Garud commanders are tasked with protecting all critical bases and installations of the IAF across the country.

The encounter began when terrorists opened fire at a joint team of 13 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) of the Army, CRPF and the Special Operation Group (SOG) of the J-K Police while the area was being cordoned in the Paribal village of Hajin. Two terrorists firing indiscriminately ran towards the position of Garuds who challenged them and killed two terrorists.

Sergeant Khairnar Milind Kishor (33) and Corporal Nilesh Kumar Nayan (31) were among the 28 Garud commandos, including two officers, who had first undertaken a two-week pre-induction training in August.

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