Lashkar-e-Taiba chief operational commander Abu Duajan was killed by Indian Army in Pulwama district Tuesday morning along with his local associate, Arif Nabi Dar, alias Rehan alias Lelahri, a resident of Kakapora. Dujana had survived five major encounters in the past.
“We tried to persuade Duajan and his associate to surrender through the owner of the house they were hiding in. They did not,” said Inspector General of Poilce (IGP), Kashmir, Muneer Khan. “Good riddance,” he added.
27-year-old Dujana and Lelhari were tracked by security agencies around 4 p.m. to Pulwama’s Hakripora area. The house was subsequently blasted. Police said they were working on “a specific input” after Dujana escaped a close encounter in Pulwama with the forces on July 20.
The encounter of the duo set-off violent protests across the State in which a civilian died and over 30 others were injured.
Security forces allegedly opened fire when locals, throwing stones, tried to converge on the encounter site. Police said a civilian, identified as Firdous Bhat, was caught in the “cross fire.” He succumbed to his injuries later. Another critically injured civilian was shifted to a Srinagar hospital.
“Despite disruptions by protesters, the security forces will continue their operations. Every active militant is a potential target,” said IGP Khan.
One thing every Indian can be assured of- our security forces are certainly doing great job in countering militancy in the valley.