Kashmir: LeT chief commander Abu Dujana killed in encounter with security forces in Pulwama

Pulwama encounter: Two terrorists including Abu Dujana were killed. One civilian also died. The identity of the other terrorist killed in the encounter is yet not confirmed by officials, however, he is suspected to be a local LeT cadre, Arif Nabi Dar.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 1, 2017 3:33 pm
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Two terrorists, including Lashkar-e-Taiba’s (LeT) chief commander Abu Dujana, and a civilian were killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday, police said. Dujana had reportedly managed to escape the security forces five times in the past. His killing comes as a major boost for security forces seeking to wipe out terrorism in the Kashmir Valley.

The identity of the other terrorist killed in the encounter is yet not confirmed by officials, however, he is suspected to be a local LeT cadre, Arif Nabi Dar.

ANI quoted J Sandhu, GOC 15 Corps as saying: “Abu Dujana was a category A++ LeT terrorist.” Sandhu also said that Dujana was not really involved in many attacks but was a “nuisance”. “Vo yahan aiyyashi kar raha tha bas (he was only having fun here),” he added. Also Read | Who is Abu Dujana? | Click here

Confirming the deaths, Munir Khan, IG Kashmir said: “The quantum of fire from the terrorists’ side was very heavy. Dujana and Arif have been killed. There has been one civilian casualty.”

Khan also said operations against terrorists will continue as he regretted the killing of civilians. “Stone pelting or no pelting, disruptions or no disruptions, our operations will continue. In spite of our warnings and requests, people on behest of terrorists tend to come in between encounter, and that is how they get injured or killed,” he said.

As the encounter was underway, the people from several villages tried to march towards the Harkipora to provide safe passage to militants. As the protestors reached near the encounter site they resorted to stone pelting. The police and paramilitary forces fired tear smoke shells, pellets and bullets on the protestors resulting in injuries to several protestors. Later, one of the injured identified as Firdous Ahmad of Begambagh Pampore succumbed to his injuries.
A senior Health Official told The Indian Express that Ahmad was brought dead to the hospital. Fearing protests, the state government has decided to close all the schools on Tuesday.

Jammu and Kashmir DGP SP Vaid had earlier today said: “We are yet to recover the bodies, will tell you their identities after that.” This, after two to three LeT terrorists were trapped and gunshots were heard during a search operation by security forces in Hakripora village of the district.

The J&K police also said, they were “acting on specific intelligence input about the presence of militants in Hakripora village of Pulwama, following which security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the area.”

Vaid also said, “Over 100 ‘miscreants’ started pelting stones at security forces involved in the anti-militancy operation in Hakripora area of Pulwama. The security forces used tear smoke shells, pellets and fired few live rounds to disperse the stone- pelting protestors.”

The terrorists opened fire during the operation, prompting retaliation from the forces which triggered a gunbattle, he said. With the killing of these two terrorists, the encounter has now ended.

The operation was carried out by 182 Battalion, 183 Battalion, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), 55 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and Special Operations Group (SOG) at 4: 30 am on Tuesday morning in Hakripora village.

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    PURUSHOTTAM
    Aug 1, 2017 at 6:15 pm
    The ruckus in the Parliament was for the same incident. Did you see their anguish and desperation? First Laloo, then Shankersinhji, then fleeing of MLAs to the posh Bangalore resort and likely losing of very very personal assistant's seat and now Juana. "Maru ke chhodi Teri tange todu" .... So shouted the bloodhounds.
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      jut do it
      Aug 1, 2017 at 6:14 pm
      STOP FOLLOWING LONG-GONE POPAT. he DID TO SIX YEAR OLD INNOCENT GIRLZ. he WROTE TERRORR MANUAL. HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS ARE BEING DRAGGED INTO BLIND ALLEYS AND BLACK HOLEZ, UNAWARE OF THE REALITY. GET INTO ANOTHER BETTER MODERN RELIZION, GET INTO ANOTHER BETTER FUTIRISTIC RELIGION.
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        Narayanan Thannappa
        Aug 1, 2017 at 5:21 pm
        Mr. Munir Khan HATS OFF for your work and for your saying Stone pelting or no pelting, disruptions or no disruptions, our operations will continue. We have given them a LONG ROPE for so many years. Your action will always be supported by many of TRUE INDIANS. Once again THANK YOU for eliminating TERRORISTS.
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          Al Tigre
          Aug 1, 2017 at 5:16 pm
          If they had not killed him I issue a fatwa against him. Also he will no go to Heaven since he was wearing jeans. You cannot wage war in jeans. Also his glasses were manufactured by kafirs. Sorry guys. He does not pass. He will be at the gates of Heaven forever forever forever....
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            khujana
            Aug 1, 2017 at 4:24 pm
            अबू दुजाना तू जहन्नम में जाके खुजाना.
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              ashoks
              Aug 1, 2017 at 3:08 pm
              Clean the valley with separatists, so that real Kashmiris can live peacefully
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                Michelle:Vedic:human
                Aug 1, 2017 at 2:39 pm
                Next time please Indian army try and catch these S alive,----just want to see how they feel before they meet their 72hooooors,---these S loves to die with splashed by Indian bullets,----they love it,----more S needs to be shot dead or captured alive,----Jai hind.
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                  Michelle:Vedic:human
                  Aug 1, 2017 at 2:41 pm
                  S meaning K-A-T-U-A-S
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                  Rakesh Katyal
                  Aug 1, 2017 at 2:16 pm
                  Another son of poor farmer is killed by security forces. There is candle march in JNU today , Yechury and RaGa are likely to join. Kejriwal in the meanwhile has asked the government to provide more proof.
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