Kashmiri villagers carry the body of Zakir Musa, a top militant commander linked to al-Qaida, as it rains during his funeral procession in Tral, south of Srinagar on Friday, May 24, 2019 (AP)In a "major success", security forces killed the chief of an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Kashmir, Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Zakir Musa, in an encounter at a village in south Kashmir's Tral on Friday, officials said. Musa, who heads the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, came to the limelight in Kashmir Valley after he denounced Pakistan, cut ties with the banned Hizbul Mujahideen terror group and vowed allegiance to the Al-Qaeda. A police spokesman said his killing was a major success as "Musa had a long history of terror crime since 2013". "He was initially associated with proscribed terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen but later floated Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGuH)," the police spokesman said. In the ensuing encounter, Musa was killed in the early hours of Friday and his body was recovered at the crack of dawn, the officials said.
Source: The Telegraph May 24, 2019 14:23 UTC