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Al-Qaeda announces Zakir Musa as head of Kashmir unit

July 27, 2017 10:10 PM
Zakir Musa new Al-Qaeda head of Kashmir unit

Srinagar, July 27: Burhan Wani's successor, former Hizbul Mujahiddin commander Zakir Musa, has been announced as the head of al-Qaeda cell in Kashmir. Al Qaeda has formally announced establishment of a new Kashmir based terror group Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind.

The announcement was made by the Global Islamic Media Front, a media wing of the global terror outfit and its allied jihadist groups across the world.

The announcement was made by the Global Islamic Media Front, a media wing of the global terror outfit and its allied jihadist groups across the world.

Former Hizbul commander, Zakir Musa, 23, is the leading figure among a new generation of militants who have exploited social media. He had threatened to slit the throats of Hurriyat leaders for calling the Kashmir issue political, and quit the terror outfit after the group refused to back his statement.

Zakir in an audio message had said, "I am warning all those hypocrite Hurriyat leaders. They must not interfere in our Islamic struggle. If they do, we will cut their heads and hang them in Lal Chowk."

However, Kashmiri separatists, has already distanced themselves from the ideology of Zakir.

An engineering graduate from Chandigarh Engineering College, Zakir Musa hails from Noorpora in Tral in south Kashmir and his actual name is Zakir Rashid Bhat.

Musa was the successor of Burhan Wani after he was killed in an encounter in July last year.

Sources in police told Mirror that around 10 to 12 local youth including militants have joined Zakir's terror group and he is trying to induct more militants to his group.

Sources further added that Zakir is praising the al-Qaeda openly and had created his influence among the youth in Kashmir Valley, after he called to create an Islamic State in Kashmir. Youth joining his group poses a challenge for the security forces in the Kashmir Valley.

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