J&K: 2 IAF Garud Commandos Martyred, 2 Militants Killed In Bandipora Encounter

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| October 11 , 2017 , 10:41 IST

In a gun battle in the Hajin area of Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district on Wednesday, 2 commandos of the Indian Air Forces' elite 'Garud' commando unit were killed and 2 militants were also neutralised.

Based on intelligence about the presence of 8 terrorists in the area, security forces including the Indian Army and Kashmir police laid siege and conducted search operations. As the security personnel approached the house in Paribal village where militants were suspected of hiding, the militants fired at the security forces triggering the encounter.

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"Terrorists opened fire on a joint party of 13 RR of Army and SOG of Jammu and Kashmir police laying siege to Rakh (Paribal) area of Hajin today morning following inputs about the presence of about eight terrorists in the area," Defence spokesperson based in Srinagar said to media.

"As the forces were closing in, the hiding terrorists fired upon them around 5 am, resulting in injuries to jawans. Two Garud personnel were martyred in the action. They were operating with the Army for operational experience and training," he said.

"Two terrorists were also gunned down and weapons recovered," the defence spokesperson added.

"One terrorist identified as a local, other a Pak national namely Ali. He was instrumental in terror incidents in Hajin area," said SP Vaid, DGP of Jammu and Kashmir. 

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During the encounter, two militants were immediately killed while 3 security force personnel sustained injuries, out of which two who were in critical condition later succumbed.

The Garud commandos of the Indian Air Force are a special elite unit tasked with the protection of critical Air Force bases and installations, search and rescue operations during peacetime and to deal with hostilities and disaster relief during calamities.

Currently, there are 1080 Garud commandos in commission.

The Garud commandos receive training similar to that given to Navy's MARCOS and the Army's para commandos.