Zakir Musa: 1000’s mourn India’s ‘most wished’ militant

People carry the body of Zakir Rashid Bhat also known as Zakir Musa, the leader of an al Qaeda affiliated militant group in Kashmir, during his funeral procession in Dadasara village in south KashmirPicture copyright

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1000’s of individuals have attended the funeral in Tral

1000’s of individuals have attended the funeral of Zakir Musa, described as “India’s most wished” militant, who was killed in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The military mentioned that Musa was shot lifeless on Thursday after they trapped him in a home in south Kashmir’s Tral district.

Musa cut up from the Hizbul Mujahideen, one of many largest teams combating 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 loss of life is the “greatest 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 loss of life learn: “Op Dadasur (Pulwama). One terrorist killed. Terrorist recognized as Zakir Musa. Weapons and warlike shops recovered. Operation over.”

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A protester in Kashmir sporting a T-shirt with an image of Zakir Musa

Correspondents say greater than 10,000 folks have attended Musa’s funeral in Tral.

Kashmir-based journalist Sameer Yasir advised the BBC that officers are braced for violence following the affirmation of Musa’s loss of life.

Nonetheless, with information of the killing trickling out, unrest has already began, he says.

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Individuals examine the broken home the place Zakir Musa was killed

“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.

Cell web companies have been suspended and a curfew imposed within the area. Colleges and faculties have been requested to stay closed on Friday.

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Media captionIn December Yogita Limaye examined why there had been an increase in violence in Kashmir

5 issues to learn about Kashmir

India and Pakistan have disputed the territory for almost 70 years – since independence from Britain
Each international locations declare the entire territory however management solely elements 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 techniques by safety forces battling road protesters and combating 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.

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