The Indian Army confirmed the killing of Zakir Musa, the so-called chief of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, a group affiliated to al Qaeda.
Musa was killed in an encounter with security forces in a village in South Kashmir’s Tral, on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson for Northern Command said that weapons and warlike stores were also recovered.
The authorities have handed over Musa’s body to his family for the final rites.
Meanwhile, all educational institutions across Jammu and Kashmir are closed on Friday.
Curfew was imposed in parts of Kashmir as a precautionary measure.
Hours after Musa’s death, nocturnal protests were reported from parts of Srinagar, Pulwama and Shopian.
Meanwhile, mobile Internet services have been snapped across the Valley in a bid to maintain law and order.
As per news agency IANS, speed of fixed landline broadband connections was reduced to prevent uploading of inflammatory posts and pictures which could stir tension.
Zakir Musa was a close associate of Burhan Wani, who was killed in 2017.
Musa was a militant of Hizbul Mujahideen and had succeeded Burhan later. He then headed the al Qaeda affiliate.
Musa’s killing is seen as a big success for the security forces.