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Musa eliminated: Clamp down in Kashmir

IANS  |  Srinagar 

Hours after Kashmir's most wanted militant Zakir Musa, who headed the Al Qaeda affiliate Ansar Gazwatul Hind, was killed, nocturnal protests broke out in parts of Srinagar, and forcing authorities on Friday to impose restrictions in parts of the valley.

After the body of the slain militant was handed over to his family for the final rights, all educational institutions across were shut down.

Mobile were snapped across the valley to maintain law and order. Even speed of fixed landline connections were reduced to prevent uploading of and pictures.

Heavy deployments have been made in capital city Srinagar, south Kashmir's Pulwama, Anantnag, and Kulgam districts among other areas.

Musa was killed late on Thursday by security forces in district when security forces had launched a cordon and in Dadsara village of Tral area following information about militant presence.

"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, a close associate of who was killed in 2017.

Real name, Zakir Rashid Bhat, Musa was a militant of who succeeded Burhan and later headed the Al Qaeda affiliate. He had taken to militancy in 2013.

An engineering student in Chandigarh who abandoned education and joined militancy, Musa was born in village of Tral area. His father, Abdul Rashid Bhat, is a working for the government.

The killing of Musa is seen as a big success for the security forces in their anti-militancy operations in

After Burhan Wani's death, 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.



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First Published: Fri, May 24 2019. 09:32 IST