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SRINAGAR — A joint team of security forces claimed to have arrested a Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant from Kachri village of Handwara on Monday. The militant was reportedly tasked with target killings in the area.

Addressing a press conference in Handwara, SSP Handwara Dawood Ayoub said that acting on specific information, a joint team of security forces, including the Army’s 30RR and Handwara Police, launched an operation during which the militant was arrested.

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The militant has been identified as Zakir Hamid Mir, son of Abdul Hamid Mir and a resident of Kachri, Yaroo.

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Dawood further stated that the militant was tasked with carrying out a soft killing in the area and was in touch with the Pakistan-based handler Zahoor Ahmad Mir, who directed him in these activities.

The officer also stated that a Chinese pistol and a hand grenade were recovered from his possession and that further investigation is going on.

A case has been registered under FIR number 124/2024, and further investigation continues.

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