J&K: Top LeT commander Abu Dujana neutralised in Pulwama encounter

Top Lashkar terrorist Abu Dujana killed in encounter with security forces in J&K

Top LeT commander Abu Dujana has been killed in an encounter in a village of Pulwama district in South Kashmir, reports India Today.

"As the forces approached towards the suspected spot, the militants hiding inside opened fire, triggering an encounter", an official was quoted by Greater Kashmir as saying. The security forces also killed Arif Lilhaari another top Lashkar terrorist.

"Another Paksitani, Abu Ismail, who carried out the attack on the Amaranth Yatris this year, has been elevated at the cost of Dujana, which further alienated him from the outfit, subsequent to his already-brewing disgruntlement", a police official said on condition of anonymity.

Dujana and Bhat were killed in the exchange of fire that followed.

Pulwama district police along with the SOG, army personnel from Victor Force and 182-182 battalion of the CRPF put in place an impregnable cordon, isolating the area where the operations were on, they said. "Huge achievement for police & SF (sic)". The terrorists according to the forces was attempting to infiltrate when he was killed.

Salahudin presided over the meeting of United Jehad Council, conglomerate of different militant organisations, at Muzafarbad in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), in which it was noted that Dujana had taken part in many incidents and inflicted "fear and casualties" among the government forces. The source also said that the ranks have been specifically asked to ensure there are no civilian causalities in controlling the protests that may erupt against the killing. Mobile internet services have also been blocked. The Pakistan-born Lashkar commander was in charge of terror operations in the Kashmir Valley until recently and is the biggest terrorist to be killed since Burhan Wani.

The gunfight raged for about two hours before the forces blew up the house the militants, resulting in the killing of both militants. Indian Army had earlier disclosed his name as among the 12 most wanted militants and he was categorised as an A++ category militant.

Dujana had escaped several such operations in the past.

"The quantum of firing from the terrorists' side was very heavy", said Inspector General of the Jammu and Kashmir Police Munir Khan. Dujana according to police sources, was also part of the group that planned two attacks at EDI building in Pampore, in which army suffered heavy casualty a year ago.

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