Srinagar: Unidentified gunmen shot dead a militant belonging to the ‘Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind’ – an affiliate of al-Qaeda in the valley led by Zakir Musa – here on Saturday, police said.
The gunmen fired upon a youth in the Hazratbal area of the city here, 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.
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.
Police said a pistol and two magazines were recovered from the slain militant.
An identity card of Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) was also recovered from Asif’s possession mentioning his name as Ishfaq Ahmad.
However, VC IUST denied the slain youth to be the student of the university.
Police has registered a case in this regard and the investigation has been initiated. Body has been handed over to the legal heirs after completion of legal formalities, police said.
Meanwhile, sources told Kashmir Reader that Asif was pursuing B Tech at Model Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET), Jammu when he left studies and joined militant ranks.
Asif’s father, Nazir Ahmad Dar is a government employee at BSNL.
—with inputs from PTI