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Aug 11, 2017 09:29 PM IST | Source: NEWS18.com

Al-Qaeda's Kashmir chief Zakir Musa trapped in Tral: Report

Al-Qaeda’s Kashmir unit chief Zakir Musa has been trapped by security forces in Tral in south Kashmir's Pulwama sector, reports said, even as top police officials denied any knowledge of the matter.

Al-Qaeda's Kashmir chief Zakir Musa trapped in Tral: Report

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The chief of al-Qaeda’s Kashmir unit Zakir Musa is reportedly trapped by security forces in Tral in south Kashmir's Pulwama sector. Kashmir Police, however, said there is no definitive proof of Musa being trapped among militants in Noorpora village in Tral, according to a report in News18.

The police, army and paramilitary forces are conducting searches in Noorpora after receiving inputs of militants hiding in the village.

Musa broke off from Hizbul Mujahideen soon after he was appointed Burhan Wani's successor for the group's Kashmir unit. He formed Taliban-e-Kashmir thereafter, highlighting that his cause wasn't just for Kashmir but also the Caliphate, according to the report.

Musa was named Burhani Wani’s successor to lead Hizbul Mujahideen in the Valley, but soon broke off and formed Taliban-e-Kashmir, as his brand of violence was too extreme even for the Mujahideen. He had recently exited HM following a controversy over his statement that he was not confining his fight for Kashmir cause but for the Caliphate.

The Army has been on the hunt for Musa in the recent weeks. Two days ago, three members of the al-Qaeda faction were killed. Musa was seen in a couple of recently-released photographs with three members.

Meanwhile, there are reports of clashes between locals and the security forces as they tried to disrupt the search operation.

Musa, also known as Zakir Rashid Bhat, is a 22-year old civil engineering student and native of Norpora village which is situated close to the spot where Burhan Wani was killed.
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