J&K: Stone-pelters help Zakir Musa escape security forces

J&K Stone-pelters help Zakir Musa escape security forces

Clashes between protesters and government forces erupted Friday in Noorpora area of Tral in south Kashmir's Pulwama district, sources said.

Reports said that the villagers poured out of their homes and pelted stones after security forces cordoned off the village of Zakir Musa.

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

According to reports, people took to streets to stage protests as the operation was launched.

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However, the stone pelting stopped after few hours and there was no firing from the house where Zakir Musa and his aide was reportedly holed-up. He had formerly led the Hizbul 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. Musa fell out with Hizbul Mujahideen on May 14, after threatening to publicly behead Hurriyat leaders, who insist that the movement is Kashmir is "political".

Musa was made the head of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, the Al-Qaeda cell in Kashmir, in June this year.

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According to a police official, the forces including 42RR, 130 CRPF and SOG Awantipora laid siege to Noorpora- the native village of Musa - and launched searches. Musa was named as an A++ category militant in the list.

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