Srinagar: Dreaded terrorist Zakir Musa is dead but there hasn’t been collateral damage, police confirmed on Friday. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir: Militant Killed in Encounter With Security Forces at Kakpora in Pulwama
Speaking about the Pulwama encounter which left Musa dead, Kashmir IG S P Pani said, “The encounter has ended. The operation was handled well. There was no collateral damage, arms and ammunition have been recovered. Further investigation is underway.: Also Read - Low-intensity IED Explodes in Kashmir's Pulwama; Area Cordoned Off, Probe Underway, Say Police
Musa, the chief of Al-Qaeda affiliate Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, was killed in an encounter with security forces in a village in South Kashmir’s Tral. A defence spokesman said one militant was killed in the operation at Dadsara in Tral area of Pulwama district Thursday night. Also Read - Balakot Anniversary: IAF Squadron That Conducted Air Attacks Makes Long-range Practice Strike | WATCH Video, Photos
“The (slain) terrorist was identified as Zakir Musa. Weapons and war-like caches were recovered from the encounter site,” defence spokesman Rajesh Kalia said, adding that the operation had been called off.
Senior police officials said security forces had launched a cordon and search operation at Dadsara village and when the terrorists tried to escape, a gunfight broke out. They said efforts were made to force them to surrender but the holed up terrorists started lobbing grenades via a launcher.
The officials said more team of security forces was rushed to the area to prevent the terrorists from escaping under the cover of darkness.