New Delhi: 26-year-old Abu Dujana was a top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander. For him the Indian Army was the enemy number one. Acting on specific information, the security forces surrounded the Hakripora village on Tuesday morning upon which they were fired at by the militants resulting in the LeT’scommander’s death.
Last year Abu Dujana had called upon the locals to take the fight to the Indian army.
The most wanted militant commander in the state, Dujana was a resident of Gilgit-Baltistan and operated out of the Pulwama region in South Kashmir
Dujana joined Lashkar-e-Tayiba when he was 17. He rose to higher rank very fast as he was considered very sharp by the outfit. After the death of Abu Qasim , he was the obvious choice to lead the militant outfit.
Dujana was also the mastermind of the Udhampur attack. He also designed the attack at Pampore in which 8 CRPF personnel were killed.
The encounter started Tuesday morning between militants and forces at Harkipura in Pulwama, Kashmir. Sources told News24 that two militants including Abu Dujana and Arif of Lilhaar have perhaps been killed in the encounter with the forces. According to the latest reports pouring in from the valley the encounter has ended as of now.
Top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abu Dujana was killed on Tuesday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, police said.
A local militant identified as Arif Lalihaari was also killed in the gunfight that took place in Hakripora village.
State police chief S.P.Vaid said he would provide further details on the two militants only after the bodies are recovered from the encounter site.
Acting on specific information about the presence of Dujana and Lalihaari, the forces surrounded the village at about 3 a.m. upon which they were fired at, according to security officials.
"The operation is ongoing," the officials said, adding: "The process of recovering the bodies have started."
Two houses in the village were destroyed in the gunfight, but no civilian casualties were reported.
Dujana was wanted in over three dozen attacks on security forces and civilians and carried a reward of Rs 15 lakh.
He was the most wanted militant commander in the state.
Once Dujana's body is recovered and identified, it would be the biggest success for the security forces in their anti-militancy operations, the officials added.
News24Bureau with Agencies