5 terrorists killed in encounter with security forces in J&K's Bandipora

2611 mumbai attack mastermind zaki-ur-rahman lakhvi’s terrorist nephew killed

Six terrorists including a nephew of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks plotter Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi were killed on Saturday evening in a massive operation carried out by security forces in Kashmir's Bandipora district.

The security forces had specific input on presence of LeT terrorists in the area.

The search operation resulted in an encounter when the terrorists hiding there fired on the search party of the security forces, who retaliated.

He said all the six militants killed in the encounter were Pakistanis. Reportedly, one of the dead militants was the son of Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.

DGP, J&K, Shesh Paul Vaid said, "LeT commanders Zargam and Mehmood also eliminated in the operation".


Defence spokesman told media that the slain militants includes LeT Commander Mahmood Bhai.

Indian Army and police have claimed recovery of weapons and ammunition from the gunfight site.

Three militants were gunned down in Pulwama in an encounter in which an Army jawan was also killed on November 6. A militant of Zakir Musa's group in Kashmir died from his wounds while a police man was killed in the fire fight and another was injured. The Lashkar leadership has been killed in southern districts of Kashmir where its commanders and key militants including Junaid Matto, Abu Ismail and Arif Lelhari fell past year.

The gunfight erupted at village Hajin in Bandipora, about 32 km north of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Col Kalia said one IAF Garud was killed and an Army soldier was injured.

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