At least five suspected militants and an Indian air force commando were killed Saturday in a fierce gunbattle in disputed Kashmir, police said.
On Saturday afternoon, the army, police SOG and paramilitary CRPF launched a search and cordon operation in Chandergeer village on specific inputs about presence of militants.
Earlier this month, Army had said that around 80 militants have been killed in south Kashmir in the past six months and around 115 ultras are still active in the region, of whom over a dozen were foreign terrorists.
Owaid is son of Zakir Rehman Maki and nephew of Zakir Rehman Lakhvi. Six weapons were also recovered from the encounter site.
"Five terrorists have been killed in an ongoing encounter at Hajin", Srinagar-based defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said in Srinagar. He said the slain militants were from Pakistan.
Hajin has witnessed several encounters between militants and security forces in the last one year.
A senior police officer told DH that it was a group of nine LeT militants led by Mehmood Bhai which had made Hajin their basin for nearly two years.
An Indian Air Force (IAF) commando was also martyred in the operation.
During the encounter, clashes erupted in the area between locals and government forces. Owaid is the third man from the Lakhvi family to be killed in Kashmir.
Mir is the first militant of the Al-Qaeda to be killed by security forces in Kashmir.
Apart from featuring in the National Investigating Agency (NIA)'s most wanted list, Lakhvi is also among the 3 globally prosecuted terrorists named by India and the European Union in their joint statement to combat terrorism.