Lakhvi's nephew among six ultras killed in encounter

Lt General J.S. Sandhu addresses a press conference

Army on Sunday said that 190 terrorists killed in various anti militancy and counter infiltration operations by the joint command of security forces in Kashmir Valley during 2017 till now. One Garud commando of IAF, attached to Army, lost his life and another soldier sustained injuries.

He said that out of the above 190 dead militants, 110 were foreigners and 80 were locals. Out of 110 foreign militants, 66 were killed near the LC while infiltrating,"Sandhu said".

"So, this year, we have killed about 125-130 terrorists in the hinterland of Kashmir". This has resulted in a remarkable change in situation,"Sandhu added".

The encounter took place in Hajin belt of north Kashmir's Bandipora, which has emerged as the newest hiding region of LeT terrorists.

"Kashmir valley needs to be free from violence, terror, guns and drugs".

He said around 200 militants are still active in Kashmir valley. A commendable joint effort by our agencies, jawans.

The anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir have continued in the wake of violence by Pakistan-based militants.

"Total of six Pakistani Lashkar terrorists has been eliminated".

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"The local terrorists must realise that it is easy to call yourself a Mujahid". They should realize that is better not to be proxies of Pakistan and return and join mainstream so that peace is restored.

As a strategy, several operations were launched in Hajin mid-September onwards and they were launching search operations practically on a daily basis, Lt Gen Sandhu said.

"And we will help them". GOC Sandhu said that various measure are being taken to plug loopholes along the LOC to prevent infiltrations from across the border.

The Operation in Hajin holds significance for the fact that the terrorists who were gunned down also included Owaid, Abdul Rehman Makki's son and 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi's nephew.

DGP S P Vaid, IGP Munir Khan, General Officer Commanding (GoC) Victor Force, Maj Gen B S Raju and IG CRPF (Operations) Zulfiquar Hasan were also present at the conference.

The recent rains and snow pushed out a group of Lashkar e Toiba militants from the woods and were killed in a gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir's northern Bandepur district, sources in government said on Saturday. "One of the terrorists named Owaid is son of Zakir Rehman Maki and nephew of Zakir Rehman Lakhvi", he tweeted.

Police sources said Owaid had entered the Valley past year through Kupwara or Gurez, along with a group of militants.

"We inducted special forces into the area and in addition along with the intelligence network and police and the CRPF, the law and order in Hajin was brought under control", he said.

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