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Kulgam gunfight: Army asks Zeenat’s family to persuade son to surrender

Srinagar: Army on Saturday contacted the family of militant commander Zeenat-ul-Islam asking them to pursue their son to surrender.


Talking to The Kashmir Walla father of Zeenat-ul-Islam said that army from the local camp contacted and asked him to persuade his son to surrender. “I received a call from army asking me to persuade my son to surrender as he trapped in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Kulgam,” Ghulam Hassan Shah said.


To which he replied that the family has no contact with their militant son. “We told them we have no contact with Zeenat, how can we ask him to surrender?” Shah said.


Considered as an Improvised explosive device (IED) expert, Zeenat ul Islamof Shopian’s volatile Sugan area had joined Hizb ul Mujahideen in 2015. Later he parted ways to join Al Bard outfit.


A key recruiters Zeenat is one of three militants surviving from Army’s most list of 12 most wanted militants. Zakir musa is number one.


Earlier, encounter started late afternoon on Saturday between the militants and the government forces, in which at least two militants have been killed so far.


Internet services were snapped even as clashes erupted after the killing of two militants in a fierce ongoing gunfight which erupted in Katapora area of Yaripora in South Kashmir’s Kulgam between militants and goverment forces.


A senior Police officer also confirmed about killing of two militants however the identities of the slain militants is yet to be ascertained, the officer said.


Clashes erupted near encounter site and Internet has been also suspended in Kulgam.


Earlier a joint team of army’s 35RR and SOG Kulgam launched cordon and search operation in Katpora after having credible input about presence of some militants in the area. The Kashmir Walla

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