In 1990, at least four air force officers were killed by Yasin Malik, one of the top members of the militant group, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF). "The slain Airforce personnel were operating with the Army for operational experience and training in that area", Defense spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia told Anadolu Agency.
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.
Hajin town of Bandipora district in northern part of Kashmir is observing a complete shutdown today on Thursday to mourn the killing of two LeT militants in a gunfight with forces on Wednesday.
The soldiers, as well as the militants, were killed after the security forces launched a cordon search operation in the Hajin area of Bandipora district after being informed of the presence of terrorists in the area, early on Wednesday, he said.
The terrorists are reportedly associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
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"They (militants) were asked to stop and surrender but they opened fire and lobbed a grenade, in which one Garud commando achieved martyrdom on the spot and another was seriously injured.Later he too succumbed", the statement said.
"After the encounter, we recovered two bodies- one was a local terrorist, other was a Pakistani national named Ali alias Abu Mas". "The Chinar Corps commander and all ranks salute the martyrs and offer condolences to the bereaved families".
The firing had stopped and search operations were on, local sources said.
The operation was going on till last reports were received, he added. "It is a big success for the security forces", Vaid said.
According to initial reports, 2-3 terrorists were believed to be trapped in Bandipora's Hajin area.
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