Militant commander and the chief of Ansaar Gazwatul Hind (AGH) Zakir Musa has been killed along with his associate during a gunfight with government forces in Dadsara village of Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Reports said that a joint team of army’s 42 RR, SOG and CRPF cordoned off Dadsara village late this evening.
A police officer said that the cordon was laid following inputs about the presence of Ansar Gazwatul Hind chief Zakir Musa. During the search, hiding militants fired upon forces, triggering an encounter.
He said that Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Musa among two militants have been killed in the gunfight.
Bhat, a resident of Noorpora Tral was an engineering student in Chandigarh before he joined the militant ranks of the Hizbul Mujahideen in January 2013. He was a close associate of militant commander Burhan Wani, who was killed in 2016.
Soon after the news about the death of two militants including Zakir Musa spread, protests erupted across Kashmir valley.
Earlier, the authorities closed all the educational institutions in Kashmir valley and snapped internet services in most parts of Kashmir.
The decision has been taken as a precautionary measure to avoid law and order situation, said an official.