28/07/2017 4:30 PM IST | Updated 28/07/2017 4:30 PM IST

Presence Of Al-Qaeda In The State Not Confirmed: J&K Police

Al-Qaeda had on Thursday announced new unit in Kashmir, naming Zakir Musa as the leader.

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SRINAGAR -- Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday said the presence of Al Qaeda in the state was not confirmed although the matter is under investigation.

"For us, a militant is a militant, whatever outfit he belongs to. Whoever picks up a gun is a militant. We will investigate the militant," Director General of Police (DGP), S.P. Vaid told a press briefing.

His remarks came after the terror group announced on Thursday the establishment of its unit in Jammu and Kashmir, naming former Hizbul Mujahideen militant Zakir Musa as its chief.

The announcement was made by Global Islamic Media Front, the media wing of Al-Qaeda.

It said jihad was the only way to "liberate Kashmir".

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