A top Al-Badr commander was among two militants killed in the Kulgam gunfight between government forces and militants.
Defence Ministry spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia told a news agency that following specific information about presence of militants, troops of Rashitriya Rifles (RR), Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF launched a joint search operation at Yaripora in Kulgam on Saturday evening.
When the security forces were sealing the area, militants hiding there, opened indiscriminate firing with automatic weapons, he said, adding government forces also retaliated ensuing in an encounter.
Col Kalia said two militants were killed in the encounter late on Saturday evening. “The slain militants were identified as Zeenat-ul-Islam and Shakeel Ahmed Dar. Weapons and ammunition were recovered,” he added.
Official sources said Zeenat was a top Al-Badr commander, who was reportedly an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) expert. Zeenat was earlier affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), but had joined Al-Badr in November last year. Dar was also associated with Al-Badr.