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Militant killed in encounter at Kashmir’s Handwara, arms seized

This is the third encounter between militants and security forces in Kashmir in past three days.

india Updated: Nov 11, 2018 21:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Srinagar
Army soldiers cordon off an area during an encounter in Handwara, on Oct 11, 2018.
Army soldiers cordon off an area during an encounter in Handwara, on Oct 11, 2018. (PTI File Photo)
         

A militant was killed in a brief exchange of fire with security forces at a checkpoint in Kashmir’s Kupwara district today, police said.

The encounter broke out when the militant travelling through Handwara in the afternoon was intercepted by security forces at a checkpoint near Chattipora, a police spokesman said.

The killed militant was later identified as Ishtiyaaq, a Pakistani national affiliated with the banned terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad.

Kashmir police, in a tweet, said that some arms and ammunition were also recovered.

Additional reinforcements were called and the area cordoned off for searches.

This is the third encounter between militants and security forces in Kashmir in past three days. Since last Sunday, seven militants and a civilian have been killed in several incidents of violence in the Valley

Two local militants of Hizbul Mujahedeen were killed in an encounter in Pulwama district on Saturday morning, a day after a Pakistani militant of the Jaish-e-Mohammad was killed in a gunfight with security forces in the district.

On Thursday, security forces busted a hideout in Shopian district, seizing explosive materials for making Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). On Tuesday, two militants, including a deserter from the Indian Army, were killed in a gun battle with security forces in the district. Both the militants were locals and residents of Shopian. One of them was Idrees Ahmad, who had deserted the army and joined militant ranks.

Last Sunday, police officials said they recovered two dead bodies from Khudpora area of Shopian after a gunfight between militants and security forces on Saturday evening.

First Published: Nov 11, 2018 16:45 IST

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