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Zakir Musa Opens Al Qaeda Wing in Kashmir?

The propaganda wing of Al Qaeda has issued a statement claiming that Zakir Musa has opened the global terror outfit's wing in Kashmir.

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Updated:July 27, 2017, 4:58 PM IST
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New Delhi: The propaganda wing of Al Qaeda has issued a statement claiming that Zakir Musa, the erstwhile commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, has opened the global terror outfit's wing in Kashmir.

The story, which was first reported by The Guardian, said that announcement of the new group was made on Thursday by 'Global Islamic Media Front'- an Al Qaeda-affiliated information network.

The statement, which has also been accessed by News 18, goes on to state:

"After the heroic martyrdom of mujahid Burhan Wani, the Jihad in Kashmir has entered a stage of awakening., as the Muslim Nation of Kashmir is committed to carry the flag of Jihad....for this goal, a new movement of Jihad has been founded by the companions of martyr Burhan Wani (Rh) under the leadership of mujahid Zakir Musa.'

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(The statement issued by the group)

The 23-year-old radical militant had recently issued a statement, which was condemned in the Valley, threatening to kill top Hurriyat leaders. He and Hizbul since that day have parted ways and till now there is no news about him.

Notably, the chief of United Jehad Council, Syed Salahuddin, had released a statement on Wednesday urging Kashmiris "not to join any global jihadi movement".

| Edited by: Ashish Yechury
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