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

02 August 2017, 12:50 | Marta Robbins

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

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Top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Abu Dujana, a Pakistani national wanted in connection with many attacks on security forces, was on Tuesday killed in an encounter in Pulwama district of Kashmir.

Dujana was one of the most wanted terrorists and carried over Rs 15 lakh bounty on his head.

Security forces hunted him down, working on inputs of these visits, intelligence officials said today.

As per reports coming in, one of the accomplices of the LeT commander, Arif Nabi Dar, has also been shot dead.

Security forces had to first evacuate civilians from the house where Dujana was hiding.

Massive protests rocked the University of Kashmir campus in Srinagar on Tuesday afternoon against the militant and civilian killings.

His charismatic leadership had also helped amplify Lashkar-e-Taiba's influence in south Kashmir, police officials said, adding that Lashkar-e-Taiba is now seen as a formidable group in the region, drawing numerous recruits from the area. The security forces had to set the place ablaze to smoke them out. The militants opened fired during the operation, prompting retaliation from the forces which triggered a gun battle in which LeT terrorists Abu Dujana and Arif Lilhaari were killed. Another terrorist has also been killed.

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#After the killing of Abu Qasim in 2015, Dujana, who was a close associate, was nominated as the top commander of Lashkar.

Two militants, including Dujana who previously broke the cordon of forces on at least six occasions, were also killed during the encounter. One of them has pellet injuries, sources said.

Police officials said that Dujana was the longest surviving militant in the Valley and had planned several attacks.

"Announcements were made from mosques and we tried to utilize the services of the house owner and the persons who came out of the house to impress upon them to surrender".

As the gunbattle raged, residents defied the security lockdown and clashed with government forces near the site of the fighting in an attempt to help the trapped militants escape.

He also said the bodies had been charred.

However, Khan went ahead to say that stone pelting or no pelting, disruptions or no disruptions, the army operations against the terrorists will continue.

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