Two Commandos, Three LeT militants killed in Hajin shootout

Three militants and two Air Force commandos were killed in a shootout in Hajin area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Wednesday, police said.
They said that militants opened fire on a joint party of 13 RR of army and SOG of Jammu and Kashmir police laying siege to Rakh (Paribal) area of Hajin today morning following inputs about the presence of eight militants in the area.
“As the forces were closing in, the hiding militants fired upon them around 5 am, resulting in injuries to three personnel of Garud Commando Force. Two of them succumbed later,” said an official.
He identified the deceased commandos as Cpl Neelesh Nayan and Sgt Milind Khabar.
He said the commandos were operating with the army for operational experience and training.
A senior police official said that two militants were also killed in the shootout.
They were identified as Abu Bakr @Ali Baba and Nasrullah Mir, son of Nazir Ahmad Mir, resident of Hajin. Both belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit, he said.