Lakhvi’s nephew also killed
Bandipora: Six Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants including LeT chief Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi’s nephew were killed in a gunfight in Hajin’s Chandargeer village on Saturday. An Indian Air Force Garud commando was also killed and another army soldier was injured in the gunfight.
“Six LeT militants were eliminated. Weapons and ammunition recovered. One of the militants named Owaid is the son of Zaki-ur-Rehman Maki and nephew of Zaki-Ur- Rehman Lakhvi” (the alleged Mumbai attack mastermind), tweeted Director general of Police SP Vaid. He said the slain militants were from Pakistan.
Defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that an IAF garud commando was killed and another army soldier injured in the 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. The cordon led to a gunfight in which six militants and the IAF commando were killed. Internet services were suspended in the district.
A senior police official said that the killed militants include Lashkar commanders Zargam and Mehmood. The other militants include Abdullah, Kitaal, Maviya and Owaid, nephew of Lakhvi. Police said that Mehmood was involved in the killing of BSF personnel in Hajin last month.
Owaid is the younger brother of Musaib, who was killed in January this year. Owais had crossed into Kashmir in September this year to replace his brother, the police official said. Owaid is the third man from the Lakhvi family to be killed in Kashmir.
The Garud Commando Force is the special forces unit of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
It was formed in September 2004 and has a current strength of approximately 1080 personnel.
The unit derives its name from Garuda, a divine bird-like creature of Hindu Mythology.
Garud is tasked with the protection of critical Air Force bases and installations; search and rescue during peace and hostilities and disaster relief during calamities.