ZAKIR MUSA, named as one of the most wanted terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, has been killed in an encounter in Dadsara Tral area. Musa, a former Hizbul Mujahideen commander, had formed an al Qaeda-linked group and was known for using Islamist propaganda to call for an Islamic caliphate in Kashmir and throughout India.
The jumped-up Jihadi turned to terrorism in 2013 and came to the lime light after security forces killed terrorist Burhan Wani in 2016. “After Burhan, he became a poster boy of sorts in social media,” a Kashmiri officer said.
As anti-terrorist forces moved-in, there was information that 2-3 terrorists were still holed up in the area.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration ordered closure of all educational institutions on Friday. Internet connectivity was also been suspended in the Valley as authorities feared local sympathisers might help the vile Islamist escape.
“It’s Ramadan so we don’t want to take any chances,” another senior police officer reported before giving the order to attack.
In the last 18 days, security forces have eliminated as many as 16 terrorists in Kashmir alone.
As per initial information shared by the police, the gunfight broke out at Dadsara village after the terrorists tried to escape the cordon laid down by the security forces.
As negotiators among the team appealed to them to surrender, the terrorists started launching grenades using a launcher. Musa was later killed in exchange of fire; gunned-down like the worthless cretin he’d proven himself to be.
Musa, 25, was an engineering dropout. There had been an increase in his following after he quit the Hizbul to head the al Qaeda linked group. It has now been speculated that the militant Islamist group he leaves behind will soon appoint a new leader.