Jammu and Kashmir: Encounter in Bandipora kills two militants, two Air force personnel

October 11 2017

After Wednesday's encounter in Bandipora between security forces and militants, Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra will meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi, India Today reported.

Vohra will meet Singh at his residence at 10 am, according to the report.

ANI reported that the encounter occurred in the Hajin area of Bandipora in Jammu and Kashmir.

Other news reports saidthat two to three militants are believed to be trapped in the area. TV news reports also reported that two militants and two security force personnel had been killed in the encounter.

This encounter broke out just two days after a joint team of security forces on Monday killed top Jaish-e-Mohammed militant commander Umer Khalid in Ladoora area of North Kashmir.

DirectorGeneral of Jammu and Kashmir Police SP Vaid had said it was a major breakthrough for the security forces as the militant was involved in many attacks on security camps in North Kashmir as well as targetting policemen in particular.

"He was killed in a joint operation by the Jammu and Kashmir Police's Special Operation Group, local police, the CRPF and the Army," he had said. Khalid, who is a Pakistani national, had been operational in the area for last two to three years and was also instrumental in arranging recruits for the terror outfit, police had said.

He had recently carried out an attack on a Special Police Officer and his seven-year-old son at Handwara, they had said and added that Khalid was an A++ category top ranking terrorist andcarried a cash reward of nearly Rs 7 lakh.

The police had said that security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Ladoora area following information about the presence of militants in the area.

Thesearch operation turned into a gun battle when the militants opened fire on the search party, the police had said, adding that more troops were rushed to the area to prevent the militants from escaping.

The Jaish commander was killed in the encounter, they had said.

Jammu and Kashmir: Encounter in Bandipora kills two militants, two Air force personnel