Kulgam gunfight: Bodies of Zeenat ul Islam, another militant given to families for last rites

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Srinagar: The bodies of two slain militants of Al Badr including outfit’s top commander Zeenat Ul Islam Shah alias Dr Usman were handed over to their respective families for last rites late this night.

A police officer said that the bodies of the two slain militants Zeenat Ul Islam Shah of Malnad Sugan Shopian and Shakeel Ahmad Dar alias Faisal of Chili pora, Shopian were handed over to their respective families after conducting all legal medico formalities.

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Earlier, the duo were killed in a brief gunfight at Katpora area of Yaripora in Kulgam district of south Kashmir.

The gunfight broke out after a joint team of army’s 34 RR, SOG and CRPF laid a siege at Katpora area of Yaripora at around 5:30 p.m.

An army officer had said that soon after the joint team approached the suspected spot, a group of militants believed to be three in number, who were coming out from the residential area while trying to break the cordon and opened fire upon them, triggering off a brief gunfight.

“In the gunfight which lasted for some time in an open field, the two militants were killed”.

“The operation was launched in the area following the specific inputs about the presence of the group of militants led by Zeenat ul Islam Shah alias Dr Usman,” the officer said.”

Meanwhile, sources said that the third militant has managed to escape from the gunfight site while taking advantage of darkness. The joint team of forces later in the midnight call off the cordon-and-search operation. (GNS)

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