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Jaish militant killed in Handwara shootout

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Handwara: A Jaish-e-Muhammad militant was killed in a brief shootout in Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Sunday, police said.

A police spokesman said that a group of militants moving through Handwara was intercepted by a naka party near Chattipora.

He said that militants opened fire, triggering a brief gunfight in which a militant was killed.

The slain militant was identified as Ishtiyaaq from Pakistan, said the spokesman, adding that incriminating material was recovered from his possession.

"He was involved in a series of attacks on security establishments and many other civilian atrocities in the area," said the spokesman.

However, some sources said that the militant died as a grenade he intended to lob at police exploded in his hand.

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