Published On: Fri, Jun 7th, 2019

Al-Qaeda names Hameed Lelhari as replacement of Musa for India wing

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Al-Qaeda terror organization announced Friday new chief for India-specific wing Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH) following the death of its top commander Zakir Musa on May 23 in an encounter in Pulwama’s Tral.

The outfit said Hameed Lelhari alias Haroon Abbas will be leading the wing and Ghazi Ibrahim Khalid will be his deputy.

Al-Qaeda made the announcement through a short video released on its official media handle al-Hurr on Eid.

Musa replaced slain militant commander Burhan Wani in 2016.

According to police the 30-year-old Lelhari has a powerful background unlike Musa and he is a resident of Pulwama’s Lelhar area. He did his schooling from the Evergreen Public School Lelhar and in Class 8th was dropped out. To meet his ends meet he had earlier took up small time jobs line cook, laborer and mason.

However, until now Lelhari’s name was not figured in the top ten wanted militants list of Union home ministry.

Al-Qaeda, Hameed Lelhari, Musa, India

Al-Qaeda also reelased a video on militant Faisal Ishfaq Bhatt on its social media accounts in which he is heard saying, “Jehad in Kashmir is no different than jehad in Afghanistan. The al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent is counseling Afghan Taliban and also many jihadis in Kashmir. Mujahideen and leaders of the AQIS are eager to meet their brethren in Kashmir. They will launch attacks on oppressive army and police.”

Bhatt is a resident of Srinagar and these days is in Afghanistan.

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