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North Kashmir: Hizb commander Mannan Wani among two militants killed in Kupwara gunfight

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 Baramulla: Top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Mannan Wani was killed along with his associate in a fierce gun-battle with government forces in north Kashmir’s Handwara on Thursday.

A police official confirmed the killing of two militants in the gunfight that raged intermittently since 2:30 am in the village following a cordon-and-search-operation (CASO).

He identified one of the slain militants as Mannan Wani, who had joined militant ranks in January earlier this year.

Wani was enrolled as a PhD scholar with the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) before picking up gun. The identity of other militant was yet to be established.

Earlier, the authorities closed all the educational institutions in the frontier district and snapped internet services in parts of Handwara and Kupwara.

An official of the district administration had said that the all schools and colleges across Kupwara district shall remain closed except in Machil, Tanghdar and Keran areas.

The decision has been taken as a precautionary measure to avoid law and order situation, he said.

Meanwhile, schools and colleges have been closed in Bandipora district along with Colleges and Higher Secondary Schools in Pattan and Baramulla. Also degree college Pulwama has been closed by the authorities, the officials added.


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