Srinagar, Mar 7: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday said that the militant killed in a gunfight with the forces Wednesday night in Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district was affiliated with Jaish-e-Muhammad. “Based on a credible input about the presence of militants in Badrah Payen area of Kralgund in Handwara, a cordon and search operation was jointly launched yesterday evening by Police and security forces in the area,” said a police spokesman. “As the searches were going on, the hiding militants lobbed grenades and fired indiscriminately on the search party. The fire was retaliated leading to a gunfight.” He said a militant was killed in this exchange of fire and his body was retrieved from the site of gunfight. “Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition were recovered from the possession of the slain militant,” said the spokesman. From the incriminating materials recovered, it is understood that the slain was a Pakistani national code named Anwar and was affiliated with proscribed outfit JeM, he said.