J&K: Security forces gun down five terrorists in Bandipora

Monday, 20 Nov, 2017

Two Army soldiers have been injured in the encounter which is still underway.

A top Army officer today said security forces have killed 190 militants, majority foreign, so far this year in Kashmir and that there are around 200 more active in the valley now.

The anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir have continued in the wake of violence by Pakistan-based militants. "One of the terrorists named Owaid is son of Zakir Rehman Maki and nephew of Zakir Rehman Lakhvi", he tweeted. He was active in north Kashmir before zeroing in on the Hajin area this year, they said.

The Operation in Hajin holds significance for the fact that the terrorists who were gunned down also included Owaid, Abdul Rehman Makki's son and 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi's nephew.

The Garud Commando Force is the special forces unit of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Police sources said Owaid had entered the Valley a year ago through Kupwara or Gurez, along with a group of militants.

He said about 200 militants were now active in Kashmir. "There will be no harassment and they will get help more than their expectations", Hassan said. "This has resulted in a remarkable change in situation", he said during a joint press briefing. J&K DGP S P Vaid had said, "Six LeT terrorists including two commanders, Mehmood and Zargam, were eliminated, and weapons and ammunition recovered from them".

Lt General J.S. Sandhu, who heads the Srinagar-headquartered 15 Corps, told reporters: "With the elimination of six of its terrorist commanders yesterday (Saturday), the top leadership of LeT in the Valley has been wiped out".

During successful operations this year in the valley, 190 militants, including 110 foreign, militants have been killed and out of the 110 foreign-origin militants as many as 66 were eliminated on the line of control (LOC), while they were infiltrating.

"Hajin was area of focus for us. Saturday's operation cleaned up the area", he said. The DGP said that Kashmir valley needs to be free from violence, terror, gun and drugs. The local terrorists must realize whether they are "Mujahids" (Islamic fighters) or proxies of Pakistan.

In past also, J&K police had asked Pakistan embassy in New Delhi to take bodies of the Pakistani militants killed in the State. "Simultaneously, we want the local militant to return to the mainstream", he said.

Sandhu said that they had launched several operations in Hajin are from mid September and they were practically launching search operations on a daily basis.

The CRPF has launched a helpline "Madadgar" with phone number 14411 where the militants, their family members or friends can contact to facilitate any surrender.