Zakir Rashid Bhat, 25, was trapped by security forces in a three-storey house in southern Kashmir late on Thursday, said a senior police officer, adding that the house was set ablaze during the operation. Musa was later killed in exchange of fire.
Zakir Musa was a close associate of Hizbul Mujahidee terrorists Burhan Wani who was killed in 2017. The terrorist was Zakir Musa, the commander of the group Ansar Ghazwat ul-Hindi, which is affiliated with Al-Qaeda. He was part of the Burhan Wani group.
To handle law and order situation on ground zero the Jammu and Kashmir police also announced restrictions in some areas of Pulwama, Awantipora, Srinagar, Anantnag and Budgam as a precautionary measure. Indian security forces killed about 100 people and blinded and maimed hundreds of others using "non-lethal" pellet guns to try to quell the unrest.
Even at its peak, the AGH had less than a dozen militants but Musa's name was popular in parts of south Kashmir.
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The officials said more team of security forces was rushed to the area to prevent the terrorists from escaping under the cover of darkness.
Meanwhile, heavy deployments of Indian troops and police personnel have been made in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Pulwama, Islamabad, Shopian, Kulgam, Bandipora, Kupwara and Baramulla districts. Born in Noorpora village of Tral area, Musa was an engineering student who quit education to become a terrorist.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan said classwork in all schools and colleges will remain suspended in Kashmir on Friday.
Kashmir-based journalist Sameer Yasir told the BBC that officials are braced for violence following the confirmation of Musa's death. Internet was also shutdown, they said.