Published: Sun, November 19, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

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

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

Five militants were killed and one Indian Air Force (IAF) Garud martyred and a soldier injured in a fierce encounter in north Kashmir district of Bandipora, where protests erupted on Saturday afternoon. On October 11, two IAF commandos and an equal number of militants were killed while six security personnel were injured in a similar encounter in Hajin.

The officers involved in the operation had first surrounded Chandergeer village in Bandipora districts Hajin area, following specific information about the presence of terrorists there.

Three militants were gunned down in Pulwama in an encounter in which an Army jawan was also killed on November 6.

Indian Army and police have claimed recovery of weapons and ammunition from the gunfight site.

Owaid is son of Zakir Rehman Maki and nephew of Zakir Rehman Lakhvi.

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Earlier in the day, large number of people defied curfew-like restrictions, imposed by the authorities, to attend the funeral of slain militant Mugees Ahmad Mir.

The operation was on and further details were awaited, Kalia said. "During the prolonged gunfight, six terrorists were killed", Srinagar-based defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said.

All education institutions were shut down and train services suspended in the valley. The other militants include Abdullah, Kitaal, Maviya and Owaid, nephew of Lakhvi. "Mehmood took over when Musaib (another close relative of Lakhvi) was killed by the forces in Hajin in January", he said. He said that Owais had been active for the a year ago in the area.

The officer who was killed was a commando of Indian Air Force elite's Special Forces unit Garud.

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