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A militant of Jaish-e-Muhammad outfit killed in a brief shootout in Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Sunday has been identified as Ishtiyaq a resident of Pakistan.

Earlier, a police spokesman said that a group of militants while moving through Handwara was intercepted by a naka party near Chotipora in the jurisdiction of Police Station Handwara.

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

“Consequently one militant got killed in the exchange of fire. Arms and ammunition were also recovered from the slain militant,” said police spokesman in a statement.