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The nine-year-old Kashmiri girl who rules the kickboxing world

Tajamul Islam won the sub-junior World Kickboxing Championship in Italy in November.She has been winning local championships since last year, and now aspires to participate in the Olympics. Photographer Abid Bhat chronicles the life and times of the troubled region's newest heroine.

Tajamul comes from a village in Bandipora district, some 65km (40 miles) from the main city of Srinagar. Her father works as a driver with a construction company and earns 10,000 rupees ($146; £117) a month.

She began kickboxing at an early age and picked up a gold medal in a state championship in Jammu last year. She defeated a 13-year-old opponent to pick up the gold medal in India's national kickboxing championship in 2015. 

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