List of most wanted militants in Kashmir after Abu Ismail

Security forces have neutralized couple of militants in Kashmir in recent months including Lashkar commander Bashir Ahmad Wani and Abu Dujana, Hizb commander Sabzar Bhat. The latest one being Abu Ismail who is believed to be the mastermind of Amarnath yatra attack and was killed in outskirts of Srinagar.

Abu Ismail was an "A++" category militant and after his killing, the top brass of Army are saying that his death will definitely cause a big vaccum in Lashkar's leadership.

But the IGP Kashmir has stressed upon the fact that militancy has not ended yet so below mentioned militants are the five most wanted militants in Kashmir:

1. Zakir Musa: al-Qaida

Zakir Musa became the top militant after Abu Dujana's death. Musa is currently on the radar after his split from the Hizbul group. Musa has a great popularity among valley's youth which he has gained in a short span of time. He is considered venomous because of his ideology to call for an Islamic caliphate in Kashmir.

2. Riyaz Naikoo: Hizbul Mujahideen

Naikoo, 29-year-old is presently the chief of Hizbul Mujahideen in Kashmir and is considered as an ‘A++' category militant. Naikoo hails from Awantipora and he recently appeared in one of the miliitant's public funeral to gain support for Pakistan. He is a tech savvy militant who handle the support of Hizbul Mujahideen in Kashmir.

3. Saddam Padder: Hizbul Mujahideen

Saddam Padder is a school dropout who joined militancy about 5 years ago with Let and recently joined Hizbul in 2015. He is the only active militant among the 12 men who were in the group photograph shared by slain Hizbul commander Burhan Wani. Besides Padder, one other guy named Tariq Pandit is alive only because he had surrendered. Security forces are ready to take him down anytime soon.

4. Zeenat-ul-Islam: Lashkar-e-Toiba

Zeenat is a 28-year-old militant who hails from Sugan Zanipura, Shopian, and was recruited in 2015. He was the mastermind behind Shopian attack that happened in February in which three soldiers lost their lives. He is the over ground worker of Lashkar in the valley.

5. Khalid: Jaish-e-Muhammad

JeM commander, Khalid is active in north Kashmir's Sopore area and he is believed to have a hand in the suicide attack on District Police Lines in district Pulwama a month ago, that led to the killing of four CRPF men and four policemen.


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