In a sudden escalation of violence across Kashmir Valley on Saturday, the banned Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) outfit received a major jolt as security forces shot dead six of its terrorists in a meticulous operation while losing an Indian Air Force (IAF) commando.
Indian troops cordoned off northern Hajin village on a tip that militants were hiding in civilian homes, said top police officer S.P. Vaid.
Three militants were gunned down in Pulwama in an encounter in which an Army jawan was also killed on November 6. Six weapons were also recovered from the encounter site.
He said one of the militant named "Owaid is son of Zakir Rehman Makki and nephew of Zakir Rehman Lakhvi". He said the slain militants were from Pakistan.
An IAF Garud commando, identified as Nirala, was also killed in the firefight. However, the commando succumbed to injuries in the military hospital, the defence spokesman said, adding that the search operation in the area is still going on. The other militants include Abdullah, Kitaal, Maviya and Owaid, nephew of Lakhvi.
"Six LeT terrorists have been eliminated in Bandipora encounter", Vaid said.
Mehmood Bhai is the third man from the Lakhvi family to be killed in Kashmir. In January this year, Abu Musaib, nephew of Lakhvi was killed in a gunfight in Hajin.
The Garud Commando Force is the special forces unit of the IAF.
Garud is tasked with the protection of critical Air Force bases and installations; search and rescue during peace and hostilities and disaster relief during calamities.