Director General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid said these militants were involved in a number of terror attacks in which security forces personnel and civilians were killed. The IAF Garud commandos were operating with the Army for the operational experience.
2 personnel who lost their lives in Bandipora (J&K) encounter were from IAF's Garuda Force & were with Army for operational training.
Police said the joint parties of 13 Rashtriya Rifles, CRPF and the counter-insurgency wing of police cordoned off Pribal Salamabad area of Hajin, around 35 kilometers from here, following inputs on the presence of a group of terrorists.
The identity of militants, suspected to be from Pakistan-based Lashkar-a-Taiba, was yet to be ascertained.
The IAF said two terrorists, firing indiscriminately, ran towards the position of the Garud commandos, who challenged them and killed the two terrorists.
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Last week, three rebels and an Indian paramilitary personnel were killed in an attack, when the rebels stormed an army camp outside the airport in Srinagar.
"One of the terrorists is local, while the other is Pakistani national", the official said.
He said that in a solemn ceremony at BB Cantt, Lt Gen JS Sandhu, Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks along with Air Cdre VS Choudhary, AOC 1 Wing AF, paid homage to the martyrs on behalf of a proud nation.
They were identified as Abu Bakr alias Ali Baba and Nasrullah Mir, son of Nazir Ahmad Mir, resident of Mir Mohalla Hajin. As per the report by the Indian Express, over a dozen top leaders of Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Toiba and JeM have been killed by security forces since January. The operation is still underway, the report said.
As the joint team of forces intensified the searches on wee hours, the hiding militants opened fired, triggering a fierce gunfight between the two sides.