Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 18 ,2017
A commando of the Indian Air Force and five militants were killed in an ongoing gunfight in north Kashmir’s Bandipore district on Saturday, the Army said.
The gunfight erupted at Chandrageer Hajin, 32 kms from Srinagar, when joint teams of Police, Army and CRPF launched an operation after an intelligence reports said militants were hiding in the area.“As the cordon a search operation was launched in the area, militants fired at party to break the cordon. In the gunfight so far five militants have been killed and the operation is on,” an Army officer said.
The officer who was killed was a commando of Indian Air Force elite’s special forces unit Garud. A soldier was also wounded. The dead militants have not been identified yet, but security forces suspect they belong to Lashkar-e-Toiba, the officer said.Hajin has witnesses many gunfights between militants and forces in the past few months. Two Indian Air Force (IAF) Garud commandos were killed in a firefight in Hajin that also left two militants — one of them a local — dead last month.