Lakhvi's nephew among 6 militants, soldier killed in Hajin gunfight

At least five suspected militants and an Indian air force commando were killed Saturday in a fierce gunbattle in disputed Kashmir, police said. On October 11, two IAF commandos and an equal number of militants were killed while six security personnel were injured in a similar encounter in Hajin.

On Saturday afternoon, the army, police SOG and paramilitary CRPF launched a search and cordon operation in Chandergeer village on specific inputs about presence of militants.

With the killing of six Lashkar militants, who are all Pakistanis according to police and army officials, the outfit's leadership is over northern districts of Kashmir. "Weapons and ammunition recovered". One of the terrorists killed in the encounter is Owaid, nephew of 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi.

In October, two IAF Garud commandos were killed in an encounter that also left two terrorists including a local recruit dead.

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Troops also retaliated and in the ensuing exchange of fire, five militants were killed, he said.

He said that along with Owaid, LeT commanders Zargam and Mehmood were also eliminated in the operation.

Earlier in the day, large number of people defied curfew-like restrictions, imposed by the authorities, to attend the funeral of slain militant Mugees Ahmad Mir. In 2007, Lakhvi's 20-year-old son Mohammad Qasim was killed in an encounter with the army and J&K police. Internet services were suspended in the district.

Director General of Police (DGP) Dr S P Vaid described it a major success and said Hajin was a hard area.

  • Sonia Alvarado