5 militants, Indian soldier killed in Kashmir fighting

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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. Troops also retaliated and in the ensuing exchange of fire six militants were killed, he said.

The officer who was killed was a commando of Indian Air Force elite's Special Forces unit Garud.

Indian Army and police have claimed recovery of weapons and ammunition from the gunfight site. "A total of six LeT militants were eliminated".

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Hajin has witnessed several encounters between militants and security forces in the last one year.

A defence spokesperson told Rising Kashmir that an IAF GARUD has been killed while an army man was injured in the ongoing gunfight between militants and the state government forces in Chandergeer.

Earlier Saturday, thousands of residents in Kashmir's main city of Srinagar participated in the funeral of a local militant who police said was killed overnight in a shootout with troops.

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"The killing of Mehmood Bhai is a big jolt to LeT and we are hopeful that after this operation, security forces will gain upper hand in Hajin and its adjoining areas again", the officer said.

Director General of Police (DGP) Dr S P Vaid described it a major success and said Hajin was a hard area.

Apart from featuring in the National Investigating Agency (NIA)'s most wanted list, Lakhvi is also among the 3 globally prosecuted terrorists named by India and the European Union in their joint statement to combat terrorism.

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