Abu Dujana, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Kashmir chief was killed by the security forces during a military encounter in Hakripora village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district today, media reports say. Here is all we know about the incident:
Indian Army called off a search operation in the region soon after getting a specific intelligence input about the presence of militants. According to ANI, gunshots were also heard during the search operation. Army had cordoned off the area and encounter was underway. The security forces launched a massive search operation after getting inputs about the presence of at least two to three terrorists.
According to reports, LeT Kashmir chief, who had a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on his head, was one of the three terrorists trapped in the village. Another terrorist Arif, who is the LeT Kashmir commander, has also been gunned down by the army. According to the latest update by ANI, firing has stopped in Pulwama, however, heavy stone pelting has begun in the region.
Search operations are still underway in Pulwama and one terrorist is still believed to be holed up. No casualties have been reported so far.
The militants open fired during the operation, prompting retaliation from the forces which triggered the gunbattle, PTI quoted a police official saying. Speaking about the encounter, Jammu and Kashmir DGP, SP Vaid told ANI, “We are yet to recover the dead bodies, will tell you their identities after that.”
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Hailing from Pakistan, Dujana was considered as an A++ terrorist by the security forces. Several intelligence bureau dossiers on Dujana states that he joined the LeT at the age of 17.
A resident of Gilgit-Baltistan, Dujana largely operated out of the Pulwama region in South Kashmir. Dujana made his first appearance during the funeral of local Lashkar militant in 2014 in Kakpora area of Pulwama village. He had also attended the funeral of the former Hizbul Commander Burhan Wani in Tral area of South Kashmir last year in July. It was since then the security forces escalated him to the ‘most wanted’ terrorist list.