Zakir Musa announced as head of new al-Qaida-linked cell

An al-Qaida-affiliated channel has announced one of Kashmir’s most popular militant leaders as the head of a newly created cell in the valley, UK based newspaper The Guardian reported.

With the announcement of Musa, al-Qaida have operated openly in Kashmir valley for the first time.

Musa, 23, who was earlier expelled from the Hizbul Mujahideen group after he openly threatened Hurriyat leaders of dire consequences if they related the Kashmir issue a political one.

Musa, according to the paper, was announced as the head of the new cell, named Ansar Ghawzat-Ul-Hind. The creation of the new group was revealed in a statement released on Thursday by Global Islamic Media Front, an al-Qaida-affiliated information network.

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