Srinagar: Top militant and former head of the Kashmir unit of the Lashkar-e-Toiba Abu Dujana was Tuesday killed by government forces in Pulwama district of south Kashmir. Another militant was also killed in the gunfight between militants and a joint party of Army, CRPF and the police.
The killing of Abu Dujana is being considered “a crucial victory for the security forces” in the Kashmir Valley. Dujana was the key front of Lashkar in the Valley, and was known to have played instrumental roles in many attacks.
Dujana alias Hafiz, believed to be the longest surviving foreign militant in Kashmir, was among the 12 most wanted militants active in the Kashmir Valley.
The 27-year-old militant carried a reward of Rs 15 lakh on his head and figured among the top militants in the Valley, categorized A++ by the army. He according to police sources was also instrumental in the 2016 Pulwama attack on a Central Reserve Police Force convoy, killing eight personnel and injuring 20.
He was the divisional commander of LeT and is believed to hail from the Gilgit-Baltistan region in Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK.
He according to police sources was recently replaced by Abu Ismail by LeT.
Dujana according to police sources had joined former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Musa who recently broke away from the militant outfit and was named chief of its cell in Kashmir by Al-Qaeda.