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2 IAF men, 2 ultras killed in J-K encounter

 SRINAGAR, Oct 11 - Two Garud Commandos of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were killed in an encounter in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir today.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Hajin area of the district in the early hours today following information about the presence of militants in the area, an Army official said.

He said the militants opened fire on the security forces, triggering a gun battle.

Two IAF Garud personnel, who were part of the operation for training and experience purpose, were injured in the exchange of fire with the militants, the official said.

The injured personnel – Sergeant Milind Kishor and Corporal Nilesh Kumar – were evacuated to 92 Base Hospital here where they succumbed to injuries.

The two militants killed in the encounter have been identified as Ali alias Abu Maaz, a Pakistani, and Nasrullah Mir, a local operative. – PTI

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