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Zakir Musa killing: Several educational institutions remain closed in Kashmir

Classes at several educational institutions in Kashmir
remained suspended on Monday to thwart student protests following the killing
of Zakir Musa, the chief of an Al-Qaeda affiliate, in an encounter in Pulwama
district last week, officials said.

While many schools conducted normal operations till Class
10, all higher secondary schools and degree colleges in Srinagar, Budgam and
Kupwara districts remained suspended as a precautionary measure, the officials
said.

Classes were also suspended in colleges and higher secondary
schools of Baramulla town, Sopore and Pattan in Baramulla district, and some in
Ganderbal district, they said.

The teaching was suspended in degree colleges and four
higher secondary schools — two in Bandipora and one each in Sumbal and Hajin
area — of Bandipora district, they said.

In Anantnag district, classes in degree colleges and higher
secondary schools of Anantnag and Bijbehara towns was suspended on Monday. In
Kulgam, classes remained suspended in all degree colleges and at higher
secondary school Nehama, the officials said.

All schools and colleges remained closed in south Kashmir’s
Pulwama district, while the classes remained suspended at the Islamic
University of Science and Technology (IUST), Awantipora.

Musa, the head of the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, a group
affiliated with the Al-Qaeda, was trapped on Thursday after the security forces
launched a cordon-and-search operation in a village in Tral area. The encounter
ended on Friday with Musa’s killing.

The authorities ordered closure of all schools
and colleges across Kashmir as a precautionary measure and clamped curfew in
parts of the Valley.

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