Hajin Gunfight: One IAF GARUD killed

A security jawan stands guard during restrictions and strike in Srinagar

Bandipora: A gunfight militants and government forces started in Chandergeera area of Hajin town in north Kashmir's Bandipora district on Saturday.

Security forces cordoned off and launched a search operation in Chandergeer village in Hajin area of the district after receiving specific intelligence input about the presence of terrorists in the area, a police official said.

As the cordon around the hiding militants was tightened, they fired at the security forces, triggering a gunbattle in which one IAF Garud soldier was killed, while five terrorists were also neutralised, he said.

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An army spokesperson said: "Five terrorists killed so far". One personnel from the IAF's Garud force was killed in the gun battle while two army personnel were injured. "It seems that LeT and Jaish militants were having a meeting in the area when the forces got a tip off", sources said.

Rebel groups have for decades fought Indian soldiers and paramilitaries deployed in the disputed region, demanding independence or a merger of the territory with Pakistan.

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