Six suspected rebels and an air force commando were killed Saturday in a fierce gunfight in Indian-administered Kashmir which also injured another soldier, the Indian army said.
Earlier in the day, the gunfight erupted at Chandrageer Hajin, 32 kms from Srinagar, when joint teams of Police, Army and CRPF launched an operation after an intelligence reports said militants were hiding in the area.
The militants tried to escape from the security cordon while firing their guns, triggering a heavy exchange of gunfire, Vaid said.
One of the terrorists named Owaid is the son of Zakir Rehman Maki and the nephew of Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, he said on Twitter.
The Garud Commando Force is the special forces unit of the Indian Air Force (IAF). "A total of six LeT militants were eliminated". Six weapons were also recovered from the encounter site.
Hajin has witnessed several encounters between militants and security forces in the last one year.
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"An IAF Garud commando was killed, while an army soldier was injured", he said.
Defence spokesman told media that the slain militants includes LeT Commander Mahmood Bhai.
The top police officer also added in another tweet that Lashkar commanders Zargam and Mehmood have also been killed in the operation.
Mir is the first militant of the Al-Qaeda to be killed by security forces in Kashmir. The Lashkar leadership has been killed in southern districts of Kashmir where its commanders and key militants including Junaid Matto, Abu Ismail and Arif Lelhari fell past year.
Director General of Police (DGP) Dr S P Vaid described it a major success and said Hajin was a hard area.