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6 terrorists, one IAF Garud soldier killed in J&K encounter

6 terrorists, one IAF Garud soldier killed in J&K encounter

Five freedom fighters and an air force commando were killed during a fierce gunbattle Saturday in Indian-occupied Kashmir which also left another soldier injured, the Indian army said.

A police office said that forces had received specific intelligence input about the presence of militants in the area, following which the search operation was initiated.

The militants tried to escape from the security cordon while firing their guns, triggering a heavy exchange of gunfire, Vaid said.

The operation was on and further details were awaited, Kalia said. "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.

Indian Army and police have claimed recovery of weapons and ammunition from the gunfight site.

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With the killing of six Lashkar militants, who are all Pakistanis according to police and army officials, the outfit's leadership is over northern districts of Kashmir.

Earlier in the day, large number of people defied curfew-like restrictions, imposed by the authorities, to attend the funeral of slain militant Mugees Ahmad Mir.

Defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said six militants, including LeT commander Mahmood Bhai, were killed in the gunfight. "Mehmood took over when Musaib (another close relative of Lakhvi) was killed by the forces in Hajin in January", he said.

Two soldiers including an Air Force commando suffered injuries in the encounter and were hospitalized.