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1 JeM militant killed in Verinag encounter

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Srinagar, Jun 08: A Jaish-e-Mohammad militant was Saturday killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag district of south Kashmir, a police official said.

He said a joint team of Army’s 19RR and SOG of police launched a cordon and search operation in Verinag area of the south Kashmir district following specific information about the presence of militants there.

He said the search operation turned into an encounter after the militants fired on the security forces, who retaliated.

In the exchange of fire, one JeM militant was killed, the official said, adding that the slain militant was identified as Iqbal Ahmad, a resident of Nowpora Dooru.

Incriminating material including arms and ammunition was recovered from the site of the gun-battle, he said.

The official said that searches are underway in the area to look for more militants who escaped after initial round of fire.

Meanwhile, mobile Internet was suspended in Anantnag district following the gunfight.

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