Nephew of 26/11 mastermind Lakhvi among 6 militants killed in

Marsha Scott
November 19, 2017

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.

Defence ministry spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia told UNI that troops launched a search operation at Chandergeer, Hajin, in Bandipora on Saturday following a tip-off about the presence of militants.

The army said as the cordon around the hiding terrorists was tightened, they fired at the security forces triggering an encounter. An Indian Air Force Garud was also killed and one army soldier injured in the operation, he said.

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

Six killed in shooutout in held Kashmir

J&K Police chief Shesh Pal Vaid confirmed that six militants, including Lakhvi's nephew, were gunned down. Six weapons were also recovered from the encounter site. He said the slain militants were from Pakistan.

On Friday a militant and a police officer were killed in the outskirts of the main city of Srinagar during a brief shootout. Police said that Mehmood was involved in the killing of BSF personnel in Hajin last month.

Dr Vaid said it was a joint operation by different security forces based on specific informations. In 2007, Lakhvi's 20-year-old son Mohammad Qasim was killed in an encounter with the army and J&K police.

All education institutions were shut down and train services suspended in the valley. "An Air Force Guard commando was martyred and one soldier has been injured during the gunfight", he said.

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