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24 May 2019 | 01:39 AM UTC

India: Security operation ends in Jammu and Kashmir May 24 /update 1

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Indian security forces end operation in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir state on May 24; death of the emir of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH) confirmed

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/24/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/25/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India

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Event

A security operation that was launched in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir state on Thursday, May 23, by Indian soldiers ended on the morning (local time) of Friday, May 24. According to security sources, the emir of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, Zakir Musa, was killed in the cordon-and-search operation in the Tral sub-district. Local sources reported that large protests broke out in the area following the announcement of Musa’s death. Additional associated protests are possible in Pulwama district in the coming days. As of Friday morning, it is unclear if mobile internet service has been restored in the area. 

Further security operations and fighting between armed groups and security forces is likely in the coming weeks and months.

Context

Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind is an Al-Qa'ida aligned group operating in Jammu and Kashmir state. Zakir Musa - also known as Zakir Rashid Bhat - was named the group's leader in 2017.

Separatists have been fighting Indian rule in Kashmir since 1989. Some 70,000 people have died and many more have been injured in related violence, uprisings, and military crackdowns.

Advice

Individuals in Kashmir are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the affected area, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

Some Western governments advise their citizens against travel to parts of Kashmir, notably including areas along the Line of Control (LoC), due to the significant risk of violence

 

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