Top militant Zakir Musa killed in Pulwama gunfight

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 5/24/2019 11:53:57 AM

SRINAGAR, May 23: The Kashmir Valley's most wanted militant commander, Zakir Musa, who headed the Al Qaeda affiliate Ansar Gazwatul Hind, was killed on Thursday by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Tral area in Pulwama district.
Informed sources said the security forces started a cordon and search operation in Dadsara village of Tral area following information about the presence of two militants there. The news agency reports had not confirmed the death of Zakir Musa till late this evening.
The killing of Zakir Musa is seen as a big success for the security forces in their anti-militancy operations in Kashmir.
"The trapped militants were persuaded to surrender. Instead they hurled grenades and started "The trapped militants were persuaded to surrender. Instead they hurled grenades and started a gunfight, triggering an encounter," a source said.
One of the dead was identified as Zakir Musa.
Zakir Musa, a close associate of Burhan Wani, who was killed in 2017, was a militant of Hizbul Mujahideen, who succeeded Burhan and later headed the Al Qaeda affiliate. He had taken to militancy in 2013.
Zakir Rashid Bhat, his real name, was an engineering student in Chandigarh who abandoned education and joined militant ranks.
He was born in Noorpora village of Tral area. His father, Abdul Rashid Bhat, is a senior engineer working for the Jammu and Kashmir government.
The killing of Zakir Musa is seen as a big success for the security forces in their anti-militancy operations in Kashmir.
After Burhan Wani's death, Zakir Musa threatened to behead Kashmiri separatist leaders of the Hurriyat Conference for calling Kashmir a political dispute instead of a religious struggle to establish an Islamic state.
Authorities have suspended mobile Internet services in Awantipora area of Pulwama as a precaution.
Authorities have ordered closure of all schools and colleges in the Kashmir Valley on Friday.

 

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