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Kashmir curfew continues after Musa killing
Jammu & Kashmir

Kashmir curfew continues after Musa killing

Agency News

Srinagar, May 25: Curfew continued in parts of Kashmir for the second day on Saturday following killing of Zakir Musa,  chief of an Al-Qaeda-affiliated group, in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district on Friday.

Officials said the curbs on the movement of people were in force in parts of Srinagar, and Kulgam and Pulwama towns.

Schools and colleges remained shut and the mobile internet continued to be suspended across the valley. Trains on the Baramulla-Banihal line remained off the tracks.

Curfew continued to remain in parts of the Kashmir Valley on Saturday as a precautionary measure, they said. In Srinagar, the officials said 'strict restrictions' were in place in Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar, Safakadal and MR Gunj police station areas while 'partial restrictions' were in force in Maisuma and Kralkhud areas.

The officials said security forces had been deployed in strength in other parts of the Valley to avoid any untoward incident.

Musa, the head of the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, was killed in the encounter at Dadsara village of Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday after security forces launched a search operation on Thursday evening following specific information about the presence of militants there. His killing led to spontaneous shutdown and protests in the Valley.

Meanwhile, most shops, petrol pumps and other business establishments remained shut in the Valley due to a strike called by hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani against the killing of Musa and civilian Zahoor Ahmad, a resident of Naira Pulwama, who was killed by unidentified gunmen on Thursday, the officials said.