Bandipora encounter: 2 soldiers martyred, 2 terrorists gunned down

Bandipora encounter: 2 soldiers martyred, 2 terrorists gunned down

At least 2 to 3 terrorists are believed to be holed up at the encounter site. The IAF Garud commandos were operating with the Army for the operational experience.

Two Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel were on Wednesday killed in a gunfight with militants in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir, an army official said.

It was reported that the gun battle took place between terrorists and security forces in Hajin. "Two Garud personnel were martyred in the action". As per the reports, the terrorists were associated LeT Lashkar-e-Taiba. SP Vaid, DGP of Jammu and Kashmir Police, said that one of the slain terrorists has been identified as a local and the other is a Pakistani national.

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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. Authorities also snapped internet service.

Three soldiers were injured during the shootout of which two died while they were being shifted to a hospital, police said. Recently Khalid carried out attack on the special police officer and his seven-year-old son who was killed at Handwara. With stepped-up anti-terror operations, the nefarious designs of terrorists have received a serious blow.

Acting on a specific information, Bandipora police along with Army and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in village Pribal Salamabad in the jurisdiction of Police Station Hajin, Bandipora during the intervening night of October 10 and 11, 2017. They are also trained to conduct airborne and counter terrorist operations.

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