Two Indian Air Force commandos killed in IHK gunfight

Lester Mason
October 12, 2017

Almost 150 militants, including top commanders Sabzar Bhat, Junaid Mattoo, Ayub Lelhari, Bashir Lashkari, Abu Dujana, Mehmood Gaznavi and Umer Khalid, have been killed by security forces this year, which is the highest in the past eight years.

The Indian Air Force commandoes were working with the Indian Army and the Jammu and Kashmir police for operational experience and training.

Last year, armed rebels had stormed the army base near the border town of Uri in which 18 soldiers were killed.

The two Garuds killed on Wednesday in Kashmir were from the first batch of the Indian Air Force (IAF) commandos embedded with the Army for live situational training in Kashmir, a decision taken in the wake of the terrorist attack on the Pathankot airbase in 2016.

The local Indian security forces claim that two "militants" were also killed during the ambush.

The identity of militants, suspected to be from Pakistan-based Lashkar-a-Taiba, was yet to be ascertained.

He said the two Indian Airforce Garud personnel who were injured in the gunfight with militants later succumbed to their injuries.

An encounter broke out between the security forces and the terrorists early Wednesday after information about the presence of three to four terrorists in Hajin area was received.

The Garud commandos were seriously injured in the firing with the terrorists. "It is a big success for the security forces", Vaid said.

Womenfolk amid eyes full of tears sang eulogies while mourners carried slain Nasrullah's body through the streets of Hajin before his funeral was held, local sources said.

The slain militants have been identified as Abu Bakr alias Ali Baba, a Pakistani national, and Nasarullah Mir, a resident of Hajin. With stepped-up anti-terror operations, the nefarious designs of terrorists have received a serious blow.

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