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Two troops killed in J&K gunbattle

SRINAGAR

Two terrorists who had killed a Border Security Force (BSF) trooper on September 28 and two Indian Air Force (IAF) commandos were killed on Wednesday in a fierce gun battle in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

Four army soldiers were also injured in the fighting in Paribal village of Hajin area. The dead Garud commandos have been identified as Neelesh Nayan and Milind Khabar, defence ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.

“The two Garud personnel were killed in action while operating with the army for operational experience and training,” the spokesman said. “The Chinar Corps commander and all ranks salute the martyrs and offer condolences to the bereaved families.”

Police said the two militants killed were responsible for the September 28 killing of BSF trooper Muhammad Ramban Parray when he was on leave and visiting his home in Parray Mohalla village, also in Hajin.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Virdhi Kumar Birdi said that the slain militants were Abu Baker alias Ali Baba and Nasrullah Mir of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

A defence ministry official called the gunfight an “intense operation”.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra met federal Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the political and security situation in the state.

Agencies