Two Lashkar terrorists killed by security forces in J&K's Bandipora

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Defence sources said the commandos were operating with the Army for operational experience and training.

Two army jawans were also injured in the encounter and shifted to 92 base hospital for further treatment, The Indian Expressquoted Director General of Press Information Bureau, KS Dhatwalia, as saying.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday said that one of the two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists killed in the Bandipora encounter was involved in several other terror attacks in the area.

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The gunfight started when a joint patrol of the army, police and Garud commandos cordoned off an area in Hajin Bandipora after being alerted about the presence of militants, sources said.

"The militants opened fire on our forces and killed two Airforce Guard commandos. Two Garud personnel were martyred in the action". They were part of the first Garud squad to be attached with the Rashtriya Rifles unit in August after they underwent a two-week pre-induction training.

The Indian army camp was attacked by grenades thrown by the attackers.

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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.

The police maintain that almost 25 militants were active in Bandipora district and a group of seven terrorists, led by LeT's Mehmood Bhai, a Pakistani national, is active in Hajin area. They have been identified as Ali alias Abu Maaz, a Pakistani militant, and Nasrullah Mir, a local militant. Two Kashmiris were also died in a gunfight with Indian security forces in Bandipora district. The security forces are going after militants as part of Operation Hunt Down and on the basis of a hit list of terrorists.

"Both the slain terrorists were involved in many attacks, including the one on BSF jawan Muhammad Ramzan inside his home at Hajin while on leave last month", the police said.

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