Two commandos, two militants killed in Kashmir

Bandipora encounter

Bandipora encounter

S. P. Vaid, said the dreaded terrorist, identified as Pakistan national Ali alias Abu Mas, was also involved in the October 3 attack on the Border Security Force (BSF) camp that killed one jawan. Two militants were immediately killed.

The 2016 terror attack on the Pathankot Air Station is what prompted the move to get these IAF commandos join Army personnel in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir. They were with the army for operational experience and training.

On Monday, security forces killed three top Hizbul Mujahideen militants, including its chief recruiter Zahid, in an encounter in Shopian and a top Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) commander in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, as per the report by PTI. There was a specific input about the presence of terrorists in that area and the operation was launched in the wee hours. Security forces from 13 Rashtriya Rifles 9 Para and SOG of J&K Police cordoned off Hajin area of Bandipora district in North Kashmir. The Garud commandos, who are from a special unit of the IAF, sustained critical injuries and died later.

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This is for the first time Air Force Garud persons were killed in an operation against militancy since the eruption of militancy in early 90s.

According to reports, mobile internet service was suspended to maintain law and order situation following the encounter. They are also trained to conduct airborne and counter terrorist operations.

The operation was going on till last reports were received, he added.

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