Two Indian Air Force commandos killed in IHK gunfight

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Two Garud commandos of the Indian Air Force were also martyred in the exchange.

"While the operation was underway, militants hiding in a house opened fire on the search party, killing two Air Force Garud personnel and leaving four army personnel injured".

On September 2016, as many as 19 Indian soldiers were killed in an attack on the Uri army base.

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir - Two Indian Air Force commandos and two rebels have been killed in a gun battle in Bandipora district of Indian-administered Kashmir, officials said.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Hajin area of Bandipora district following information on the presence of militants in the area, an Army official said. As per the reports, the terrorists were associated LeT Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The police sources said, "Three soldiers sustained injuries, two of whom were critical and later succumbed".

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Two Garud squads, each consisting of one officer and 13 other ranks, have been deployed in Kashmir. Two Kashmiris were also died in a gunfight with Indian security forces in Bandipora district.

Confirming the deaths, defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said the commandos were operating with the army for operational experience and training.

Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police SP Vaid had said it was a major breakthrough for the security forces as the militant was involved in many attacks on security camps in North Kashmir as well as targetting policemen in particular. This lead to a gunbattle, the official said.

The slain militants have been identified as Abu Bakr alias Ali Baba, a Pakistani national, and Nasarullah Mir, a resident of Hajin.

Local sources said that all the shops and business establishments are shut while traffic is also off the roads. With stepped-up anti-terror operations, the nefarious designs of terrorists have received a serious blow.

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