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Braving rains, thousands attend funeral prayers of slain militant commander Zakir Musa

Braving rains, thousands attend funeral prayers of slain militant commander Zakir Musa
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Braving incessant rains thousands of people including women on Friday morning attended the several rounds of funeral prayers of slain militant Commander Zakir Musa at his native village Noorpora in Tral town of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Zakir Musa was killed during a gunfight with the government forces in Dadsara village of Tral. Zakir was an engineering student in Chandigarh before he joined the militant ranks of the Hizbul Mujahideen in January 2013. He was a close associate of militant commander Burhan Wani, who was killed in 2016.

An eyewitness said that thousands of people braving rains assembled in local school ground to take part in the last rites of Musa.

A large number of mourners shouted pro-freedom slogans while carrying Musa’s body in a procession for a funeral, he said.

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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