JeM militant killed in Handwara shootout

A militant affiliated with Jaish-e-Mohammad was killed in a brief exchange of fire with the army at Badarpayeen area of Handwara late last night, officials said Thursday.

An official said the army’s 32 Rashtriya Rifles laid a siege to Badarpayeen following “specific information” about movement of militants from Handwara to Baderpyaeen via Thokerpora.

“On seeing the army, the militants lobbed a grenade and fired indiscriminately upon the army personnel. In retaliation, one militant was killed,” the official said, adding that some arms and ammunition were recovered from the encounter site. Following the exchange of fire, forces cordoned off the area, installed lights and rushed more reinforcements to the site to prevent militants from escaping, the official said. During the CASO, no one was allowed to move beyond Thokerpora, where forces had established a naka, he said. The police identified the slain militant as Anwar, a resident of Pakistan, and said he was affiliated with JeM and “active in northern Kashmir for a quite long time”. “Anwar was wanted in series of crimes including attacks on security establishments and many other civilian atrocities and several cases were also registered against him,” a police official said.