Hajin, once known as the hub of pro-government militia, Ikhwan, that broke the back of militancy in the late 1990s, is now seen as the most sensitive area. At present, the police say, there are around 22 militants in Hajin belt alone of Bandipora district and majority are foreigners.
The dead bodies of two dead terrorists have also been taken by the soldiers.
Officials said while the operation was underway, militants hiding in a house opened fire on the search party, killing two Air Force Garud personnel and leaving two army jawans of 13 RR injured.
"In an intense operation in Hajin, Bandipora two terrorists were killed, Two Air Force Garud personnel were martyred in the action".
Reportedly, both the militants belong to Lashkar-e-Toiba militant group.
The police had said that security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Ladoora area following information about the presence of militants in the area. The Director General of Jammu and Kashmir police SP Vaid termed it as a major breakthrough.
Initial reports suggest that the two militants killed so far have been identified as Abu Bakr @Ali Baba and Nasrullah Mir, son of Nazir Ahmad Mir, resident of Hajin. The slain terrorist, who was killed in a joint operation by the Jammu and Kashmir Police's Special Operation Group, local police, the CRPF and the Army, was believed to be involved in many attacks on the security camps in North Kashmir.