Thirteen persons were found guilty of terrorist activities and waging war against India in the Kashmir terrorist recruitment case here on Tuesday.

A special court hearing cases of the National Investigation Agency acquitted five others accused under similar charges.

The case relates to the recruitment and training of five persons from the State for terrorist activities against the nation.

Four of them were killed in an encounter with security forces in 2008. Abdul Jabbar of Malappuram, who escaped the encounter, was living at Perumbavoor under a false name when he was arrested.

The NIA special court found Jabbar guilty under Section 121 of IPC, for waging war against the State, and Section 16 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, for committing a terrorist act. Section 121 provides for death or life imprisonment.

The NIA had originally accused 24 persons.

Four were killed in the encounter and two were absconding. The agency produced the other 18 accused before the court under high security on Tuesday.

The 13 were found guilty of conspiring to conduct terror activities and waging war against India.

Five acquitted

Five accused were given the benefit of the doubt and acquitted of all offences.

Five men were recruited at jihad classes and camps held from 2006 to 2008 at Kannur, Hyderabad, and other places.

The final hearing in the case will be held on Friday.

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