Unidentified gunmen shot dead a terrorit belonging to the ‘Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind’ – an affiliate of al-Qaeda in the valley led by Zakir Musa – in Srinagar on Saturday, police said.
The gunmen fired upon a youth in the Hazratbal area of the city, resulting in his on the spot death, a police official said.
He said the youth has been identified as Asif Nazir Dar, a resident of the Panzgam area of Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Dar was an active militant associated with the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), but later defected to Musa-led Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind, the official said.
He said a pistol and two magazines were recovered from the slain militant.
An Al-Qaeda affiliated Global Islamic Media Front had on July 27, 2017, announced Musa as the head of the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind.
Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Zakir Musa is a former commander of the HM.