Jaish Militant Killed in Handwara Gunfight: Police

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SRINAGAR — Police on Thursday claimed that one militant was killed in a gunfight with the government forces last night in Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district and he was affiliated with Jaish-e-Muhammad.

“Based on a credible input about the presence of militants in Badrah Payen area of Kralgund in Handwara, a cordon and search operation was jointly launched yesterday evening by Police and security forces in the area,” said a police spokesman.

“As the searches were going on, the hiding militants lobbed grenades and fired indiscriminately on the search party. The fire was retaliated leading to a gunfight.”

He said a militant was killed in this exchange of fire and his body was retrieved from the site of gunfight. “Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition were recovered from the possession of the slain militant,” said the spokesman.

From the incriminating materials recovered, it is understood that the slain was a Pakistani national code named Anwar and was affiliated with proscribed outfit JeM, he said.

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