Two terrorists, including Al Badr’s IED expert, killed in Kashmir encounter

New Delhi: In a joint operation by the Army, Police and CRPF, two terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, police said. One of the two killed was dreaded terrorist Zeenat-ul-Islam, who was associated with the terror group Al Badr, and was an expert at handling Improvised explosive device (IED).

As per officials, Zeenat was earlier associated with Hizbul Mujahideen, and was one of the three most-wanted militants in Kashmir. The other slain militant has been identified as Shakeel Ahmad Dar alias Faisal of Chilipora, Shopian, sources said.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Katpora area in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday evening after receiving specific information about the presence of terrorists there, a police official said.

The security forces had also brought Zeenat’s father to the encounter site to appeal to him to surrender, reported The Print, but the terrorists opened fire when they sensed the team was closing in on them.

As the forces were conducting the searches, the terrorists fired upon them. The forces retaliated, ensuing an encounter in which the two terrorists were killed, he said. As per policy, the terrorists were given an opportunity to surrender, but they continued to fire and were eliminated in the ensuing gunfight.

Arms and ammunition were recovered from the encounter site, the official said, adding that no collateral damage has been reported.

The killing of Zeenat may be a huge setback to the terror infrastructure in Kashmir, for he had been behind a series of deadly attacks in the state. He was first arrested in 2008 and booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) for being a member of Al-Badr, reported The Print.

After his release in 2012, as per available information, he initially worked with his father. And three years later he is believed to have joined the Lashkar-e-Taiba.

(With inputs from Agencies)