Terrorist killed in Bandipora encounter involved in many attacks: JK Police

Two militants and two soldiers were killed in an early morning operation in north Kashmir's Bandipora area on Wednesday. Two Indian Air Force Garud commandos were killed in the encounter and two terrorists have also been shot dead.

Police said the joint parties of 13 Rashtriya Rifles, CRPF and the counter-insurgency wing of police cordoned off Pribal Salamabad area of Hajin, around 35 kilometers from here, following inputs on the presence of a group of terrorists.

Sergeant K. Milind Kishor, 33, had joined the IAF in 2002.

In 1990, at least four air force officers were killed in an ambush by militants in Sannat Nagar of Srinagar, but they were not participating in any operation.

The injured personnel were evacuated to 92 Base Hospital here where they succumbed to injuries.

The security forces have stepped up the offensive in the Valley with the government hardening its stand against militants after violent street protests and attacks on security personnel in the border state.

After the attack on the Pathankot air base a year ago, it was decided that Garud commandos should be put on live situation training in counter-insurgency operations.

The Garud commandos were seriously injured in the firing with the terrorists.

Sensing trouble, the hiding terrorists fired at the security forces triggering an encounter in which two of the hiding terrorists were killed with their weapons recovered, said a police official. Two militants were killed in the encounter.

He said that the two slain terrorists have been identified as Lashkar-e-Toiba's Ali Bhai and Nasrullah, both Pakistan nationals.

DIG North Kashmir, Virdhi Kumar Birdi told reporters that the slain militants were involved in the killing of the BSF man.

Vanessa Coleman