September 22, 2019 | 4:11 AM IST
Al-Qaeda militant

Wani’s successor Musa killed in ambush

Zakir Rashid Bhat, aka, Zakir Musa, an A++ category terrorist and successor of Burhan Wani, was killed on Thursday evening after joint forces trapped him in Tral area of south Kashmir. According to the reports, a joint team of the Army’s 42 RR, Special Operations Group of J&K Police and CRPF cordoned off the village and launched a hunt for Musa. His body was retrieved on Friday morning at 6 am.
Musa was a former commander of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), the militant group he joined in 2013 while pursuing engineering from a college in Punjab. Later he founded his own group Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind – an affiliate of Al-Qaida, said a report.
Musa was hiding in a chemist’s house. The officials received information about his existence in the area and launched a cordon and a search operation when Musa tried to escape. The officers sent the owner of the house to convince Musa to surrender, but he declined. Instead, he fired some UBGL grenades and soon a gunfight broke out between the two.
Sources said that weapons and war-like stores were recovered from the site. As a precautionary measure, internet has been snapped, schools were closed down and curfew imposed in the area. Officials said the decision was made keeping in view the Friday prayer gatherings.
Following the killing, protests broke out in Shopian, Pulwama, Awantipora and downtown Srinagar in favour of Musa.

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