Zakir Musa Cornerned In Kashmir's Tral Area, Cordon-and-search Operation Underway


Terror group al-Qaeda's Kashmir unit chief Zakir Musa has been trapped by security forces in a village in south Kashmir's Pulwama sector.

Musa, 22, is reportedly a native of Norpora village.

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

The al Qaeda's claims of making inroads in Kashmir could potentially open a new front in the valley, which is witnessing a spurt in militant activities and civilian protests since the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani previous year.

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Police said more security personnel - including the police, the army and the Central Reserve Police Force - had been rushed to the area and three more villages were brought under the extended cordon. This apart, he is alleged to have incited the youth of the Kashmir for stone pelting on security forces.

The police said that the cordon shall remain in place at Noorpora as they suspect presence of militants.

There were unconfirmed reports that Zakir Musa, a former Hizbul Mujahideen commander, could be in the area.

Meanwhile separate cordon and searches operations were also launched in Pehlipora Shopian, Nawa Kadal and Zaldagar areas of downtown Srinagar today.