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Thousands attend multiple funerals for slain militant Zakir Moosa

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Srinagar : Thousands of people Friday participated in the funeral prayers of slain militant commander Zakir Moosa who was killed in a gunfight with the government forces in Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday night.

Reports and witnesses said that thousands of people from various parts of Pulwama district reached Noorpora despite restrictions and rains to participate in the last rites of Musa who was killed by the security forces in a gunfight last night.

An official said that the gunfight broke out after a joint team of the army and the SOG launched a cordon-and-search operation in Dadsara village last evening amid intelligence reports about the presence of one of the Kashmir’s most wanted militant commander Zakir Musa.

He said that Musa turned down offer to surrender and fired UBGL grenades and opened fire which was retaliated leading to a gunfight.

The gunfight raged for several hours and ended early Friday, resulting in death of Musa.

Dozens of women showered candies on his body from the rooftops and windows of their homes.

The forces had sealed all roads leading to Tral to stop people from marching towards Noorpora, the native village of slain militant commander Zakir Musa.

Earlier authorities have suspended the Internet service and close down all educational institutions in Kashmir on today as a precautionary measure.

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