Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi's Son Killed With Four Other Militants In Hajin Encounter

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.

The officers involved in the operation had first surrounded Chandergeer village in Bandipora districts Hajin area, following specific information about the presence of terrorists there.

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.

Indian Army and police have claimed recovery of weapons and ammunition from the gunfight site. "One of the terrorists named Owaid is son of Zakir Rehman Maki and nephew of Zakir Rehman Lakhvi", he tweeted. He said the slain militants were from Pakistan.

Defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said six militants, including LeT commander Mahmood Bhai, were killed in the gunfight.

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At least five militants and an air force commando were killed and another soldier was wounded in the fighting, he said, adding that at least one militant was still trapped in the area. The encounter ended at around 6:50 pm on Saturday, following which internet services in the valley was suspended. The other militants include Abdullah, Kitaal, Maviya and Owaid, nephew of Lakhvi.

The encounter broke out in Hajin area of Bandipora.

Mehmood Bhai is the third man from the Lakhvi family to be killed in Kashmir.

In October, two IAF Garud commandos were killed in an encounter that also left two terrorists including a local recruit dead.


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