Zakir Musa, J&K's Most Wanted Militant, Killed in Kashmir

Zakir Musa, J&K's Most Wanted Militant, Killed in Kashmir

"The [slain] terrorist was identified as Zakir Musa after the body was recovered Friday morning", defence spokesperson Rajesh Kalia told PTI. Fighting continued through the night until he was shot and killed around 6am on Friday.

A gunfight broke out between militants and security forces at Dadsara village in the Tral area of south Kashmir's Pulwama district late Thursday evening.

Apprehensive about a potential threat to the law and order situation in Kashmir, the state administration ordered all schools and colleges across the Valley to remain closed on 24 May. An insurgency has waxed and waned on the Indian-administered side for three decades.

The Muslim-majority Himalayan region of Kashmir has been at the heart of more than 70 years of animosity, since the partition of the British colony of India into the separate countries of Pakistan and India.

Musa, 25, was an engineering dropout.

Kashmiri people shout slogans during the funeral of Zakir Musa at his native village in Tral area of #Pulwama district in south #Kashmir. In response, security forces returned the fire eliminating him in the gunfight.

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Meanwhile, heavy deployments of Indian troops and police personnel have been made in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Pulwama, Islamabad, Shopian, Kulgam, Bandipora, Kupwara and Baramulla districts.

Hailing from a well-off middle class family, Musa's father is a senior government official, his brother is a doctor, and his sister is a banker.

It is unclear how many fighters were in his Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind group. He, however, developed differences with the Pakistan-based leadership of the Hizbul Mujahideen, defected from the outfit and floated the AGH.

A source said Musa, who in video clips in the last month had called for a religious battle in Kashmir to establish Islamic rule and impose Shariah, was trapped in Tral after being first spotted around his home in Awantipora.

In mid-2017, an Al-Qaeda linked propaganda network said Musa joined an affiliate militant group, Ansar Ghawzat-ul-Hind, as its head.

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