Dreaded terrorist Zeenat-ul-Islam killed in an encounter with security forces in J&K's Kulgam

File photo: Zeenat-ul-Islam was among the five most wanted terrorists by the security forces. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

PTI Srinagar Jan 13, 2019, 06.30 AM (IST)

Two terrorists, including one of the dreaded and oldest terrorists Zeenat-ul-Islam, were killed on Saturday in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district, police said.

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

As the forces were conducting the searches, the terrorists fired upon them. 

The forces retaliated, ensuring an encounter in which two terrorists were killed, he said.

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

One of them was identified as dreaded terrorist Zeenat-ul-Islam, who was associated with the terror group Al Badr, the official said, adding that the identity of the second terrorist is being ascertained.

Zeenat, considered as an Improvised explosive device (IED) expert, was earlier associated with another terrorist group Hizbul Mujahideen, the official said.

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