Two Indian Air force commandos killed in Kashmir encounter

Jammu and Kashmir Two Air Force officials 2 militants killed in encounter in Bandipora

Representative image. | S Irfan PTI

As per the recent reports, two army soldiers and two militants were allegedly killed in a gunfight near Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district on Wednesday. Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police S P Vaid had said it was a major breakthrough for the security forces as the militant was involved in many attacks on security camps in North Kashmir as well as targeting policemen in particular.

"The two Garud personnel were killed in action while operating with the Army for operational experience and training", the spokesman said.

The injured personnel were evacuated to 92 Base Hospital, Srinagar, where they succumbed to injuries. "They came in August", a defence official said.

The operation started when the army cordoned off Hajin area after a specific input about the presence of rebels, officials said. This is the first time Air Force commandos have been killed in an encounter in Kashmir.

Police said the slain terrorists were involved in many attacks, including the attack on an off-duty BSF Jawan Mohammad Ramzan at his home.

In the encounter, two terrorists were also gunned down by the Indian security personnel. The firing stopped and a search operation was launched thereafter.

On Sunday, Air Force Day, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa had said over 6,000 airmen were trained to respond to Pathankot-like incidents in future.

They were identified as Abu Bakr alias Ali Baba and Nasrullah Mir, son of Nazir Ahmad Mir, resident of Mir Mohalla Hajin.

He said that in a solemn ceremony at BB Cantt, Lt Gen JS Sandhu, Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks along with Air Cdre VS Choudhary, AOC 1 Wing AF, paid homage to the martyrs on behalf of a proud nation.

According to initial reports, 2-3 terrorists were believed to be trapped in Bandipora's Hajin area. They had undergone a four-week pre-induction training before being deployed for counter-insurgency operations with 13 Rashtriya Rifles.

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