Top LeT commander Abu Dujana killed in an encounter in Pulwama

Top Lashkar terrorist Abu Dujana killed

Abu Dujana, divisional commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), was killed in a gunfight between security forces and terrorists on Tuesday after the former launched a search and cordon operation in Pulwama district's Hakripora village in south Kashmir.

Dujana had on earlier occasions escaped from the clutches of security forces who had been after him for quite a while.

However, when the security forces were moving towards a particular in the village, the militants hiding there opened indiscriminate fire with automatic weapons, which was returned, ensuing a fierce gun battle, the sources added.

A police spokesman, based in Srinagar, said that the LeT chief commander, Dujana, along with his accomplice, was killed in Hakripora, Pulwama.

As the terrorists were inside the house, security forces blew up the house to flush out the terrorists in which Abu Dujana was killed.

The encounter is in progress and further details are awaited, the official said. In a series of setbacks for militants particularly for LeT in last three months at least three of its commanders were killed, including Junaid Mattoo, Bashir Lashkari and Abu Dujana. Northern command of Indian Army also confirmed the killing and termed the operation as 'swift and surgical'. "It is a huge acchievement for police and security forces", he said.

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Kashmir is embroiled in utter chaos and violence since past year after Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was gunned down by security forces. We will check on it said Kashmir's Director General of Police, S P Vaid. When security forces fired at the stone pelters, a civilian was killed.

As the news of Dujana's killing spread across the Valley, protests erupted in many colleges and schools.

Internet services have been snapped in south Kashmir as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.

GOC Chinar Corps J S Sandhu said the operation began only after all trapped civilians were safely evacuated. Indian Army had earlier disclosed his name as among the 12 most wanted militants and he was categorised as an A++ category militant. He was involved in the killing of 2 CRPF personnel at Sangam Bijbehara and attack on a police party at Gallander Pampore in which 02 constables of JKAP 11th BN were killed.

Getting Dujana was not easy as he was known for his mastery when it came escaping. He was also involved in hurling hand grenade upon security forces at Pahoo Awantipora.

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