Zakir Musa, described as “India’s most wished” militant, has been killed in Indian-administered Kashmir, the military has confirmed.
The military mentioned that he was shot lifeless after they trapped him inside a home in south Kashmir’s Tral district.
Musa cut up from the Hizbul Mujahideen, one of many largest teams preventing Indian rule in Kashmir, and declared his allegiance to al-Qaeda in 2017.
His killing has already introduced protests within the Muslim-majority state.
Zakir Musa, whose actual identify is Zakir Rashid Bhat, was an in depth aide of Burhan Wani, a charismatic Kashmiri militant chief, whose killing by safety forces in 2016 sparked widespread protests. Greater than 100 civilians misplaced their lives throughout 4 months of clashes with safety forces within the Kashmir valley that yr.
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Native media have mentioned that Zakir Musa’s demise is the “largest victory” for the Indian armed forces because the killing of Wani.
It’s unclear what number of fighters had been in his Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind group.
The one-line military assertion confirming his demise learn: “Op Dadasur (Pulwama). One terrorist killed. Terrorist recognized as Zakir Musa. Weapons and warlike shops recovered. Operation over.”
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Kashmir-based journalist Sameer Yasir informed the BBC that officers are braced for violence following the affirmation of Zakir Musa’s demise.
Nonetheless, with information of the killing trickling out, unrest has already began, he says.
“Protesters have clashed with police at many locations since morning. Many individuals shouting ‘Musa Musa Zakir Musa’ additionally gathered on the solely freeway that connects Srinagar with the remainder of India and threw stones at forces. The police have been retaliating with tear fuel shells and pellet weapons,” Mr Yasir added.
Cellular web providers have been suspended and a curfew imposed within the area. Faculties and faculties have been requested to stay closed on Friday.
5 issues to learn about Kashmir
India and Pakistan have disputed the territory for practically 70 years – since independence from Britain
Each international locations declare the entire territory however management solely components of it
Two out of three wars fought between India and Pakistan centred on Kashmir
Since 1989 there was an armed revolt within the Muslim-majority area towards rule by India
Excessive unemployment and complaints of heavy-handed ways by safety forces battling road protesters and preventing insurgents have aggravated the issue
India blames Pakistan for fomenting violence within the area by supporting militancy – a cost Pakistan denies.
Since 1989, Kashmir has been convulsed by common episodes of violence which have killed greater than 70,000 folks, together with many Kashmiri Hindus focused by militants within the early 1990s.