Lakhvi's nephew among six ultras killed in encounter

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) - At least six Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) militants and an Indian air force (IAF) commando were killed in a fierce gunfight in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir on Saturday, police said.

Indian troops cordoned off northern Hajin village on a tip that militants were hiding in civilian homes, said top police officer S.P. Vaid.

The encounter between the security forces and militants is underway, Kalia 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 officer who was killed was a commando of Indian Air Force elite's Special Forces unit Garud. He admitted that Hajin is a very hard area as Army has lost three officers while a Commanding Officer of CRPF also was martyrd, he said adding that there was also stone pelting incidents but we continued our operation and achieved the result. On October 11, two IAF commandos and an equal number of militants were killed while six security personnel were injured in a similar encounter in Hajin.

J&K Police chief Shesh Pal Vaid confirmed that six militants, including Lakhvi's nephew, were gunned down. He said the slain militants were from Pakistan.

The operations come a day after Jammu and Kashmir Police were engaged in a shoot-out in Zakura, which lies on the outskirts of Srinagar.

On November 14, one terrorist was killed by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district.

All education institutions were shut down and train services suspended in the valley. "Mehmood took over when Musaib (another close relative of Lakhvi) was killed by the forces in Hajin in January", he said.

  • Jon Douglas