Hameed Lelhari steps into terrorist Zakir Musa's shoes, becomes head of Al-Qaeda affiliated group
Hameed Lelhari (in the photo) has stepped into Zakir Musa's shoes
According to reports, Lalhari was the deputy when Musa ran the affairs of the terror group in the Valley. He is one of the 10 initial members of Musa's team, which has been nearly decimated by the security forces. Musa's gang had 10 members, eight of whom are now dead with only Lalhari and one other militant remaining.
Musa, who took the reigns of the terror group after Burhan Wani's encounter in 2017, was killed after a joint team of Army’s 42 RR, SOG and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in Tral village after receiving intelligence input about his presence in the area.
If reports are to be believed, Musa had been hiding at the place for the last couple of days. After his encounter, all schools and colleges across the Kashmir Valley were ordered to be closed in the wake of protests.
Reports suggest that security forces made efforts to make Musa surrender but he didn't relent and continued to resist the forces using grenades, eventually being killed in a gunfight.