Militant killed in Handwara shootout

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Srinagar: A militant was killed on Sunday afternoon in a shootout at Handwara bypass when a militant fired a grenade on a Naka party of government forces triggering an encounter.

SSP Handwara, Ashish Kumar Mishra said that a militant hurled a grenade on a Naka party of Jammu and Kashmir police which was retaliated with a gunfire and the militant was killed in the shootout. He said identity of the slain militant is yet to be ascertained.

Police in a statement said that a group of militants while moving through Handwara was intercepted by a Naka party near Chotipora in the jurisdiction of Police station Handwara, triggering an encounter during which one militant was killed. The area has been cordoned off and searches are going on in the area.

Meanwhile, Kashmir Zone Police on its Twitter handle wrote, “Handwara Update: One militant killed. Identity being ascertained. Arms and ammunition recovered. Information is preliminary in nature.” (KNS)

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