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Hamid Lelhari successor of Zakir Musa shot dead in Awantipora encounter

Al-Qaeda had pronounced Hamid Lelhari the Chief of Kashmir unit after the encounter of Zakir Musa in May 2019

Tuesday evening was the big success for Indian armed forces as the successor of Zakir Musa Hamid Lelhari, chief of Kashmir’s Al-Qaeda unit was shot dead. After the death of Zakir Musa in May 2019, Al-Qaeda had pronounced Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH) Hamid Lelhari as its new commander.

Hamid Lelhari along with two of his local associates were killed in an encounter in Awantipora. The encounter began in the outskirts of Awantipore as the security forces launched a cordon and search operation following inputs about the presence of terrorists.

Also Read: 2 Terrorists involved in Pulwama attack neutralized by Security forces

Kashmir Zone Police confirmed they have recovered arms and ammunition from the site. Hamid Lelhari was announced AGH chief two weeks after Zakir Musa was gunned down by security forces. Hamid Lelhari (30) was a native of Pulwama.

In separate mission, three other terrorists were killed in the South Kashmir Pulwama region. According to DGP Dilbagh Singh, the terrorists belonged to Pakistan based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed. Two of them are suspected to be Pakistani terrorists involved in the killing of two Gujjar brothers on August 29 in Tral. The killing of two Gujjar brothers was one of the first casualties after the Centre’s decision to revoke Article 370. The third terrorist has been identified as a local militant.


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