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LeT militant Abu Dujana killed in Pulawama encounter; 6 more terrorists in security forces' hit list

Security forces today gunned down LeT militant Abu Dujana in an encounter in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Written by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: August 01, 2017 21:25 IST ]
House destroyed during encounter between forces and
Image Source : PTI House destroyed during encounter between forces and militants in Pulwama

The security forces killed top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Abu Dujana and his aide Arif in an encounter in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. Abu Dujana was a Pakistani national wanted for many attacks on security forces and political workers in south Kashmir. 

Dujana was a category 'A' militant and carried a reward of Rs 15 lakh on his head. He was a very close associate of Abdul Rehman alias Abu Qasim who was involved in an attack on a BSF convoy in Udhampur last year. Dujana was also involved in the killing of two CRPF personnel at Sangam in Anantnag district and in an attack on a police party at Gallander in Pampore area in which two constables were killed, says a PTI report. 

India Tv - Police during protest in Srinagar by students following the killing of Dhujana

Image Source : PTIPolice during protest in Srinagar by students following the killing of Dhujana

6 more terrorists in hit list

After the killing of Dujana, the hit list of the security forces now includes names of Zakir Rashid Bhatt, alias Musa; Reyaz AH Naikoo alias Zubair; Zeenat-UL-Islam, alias Alkarna; Wasim AH, alias Osama; Abu Hamas; and Showkat AH Tak, alias Huzaifa, says an ANI report.

1. Zakir Rashid Bhatt: Also known as Zakir Musa, he was Hizbul Mujahideen’s Divisional Commander in South Kashmir until recently. A resident of Noorpura, Awantipore, he joined the terror outfit in July 2013 and quit after Hizbul refused to endorse his statement threatening separatists for calling Kashmir struggle “political”. Musa is listed under the category A±± and is now associated with al-Qaeda’s cell Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind as its Chief Commander.

India Tv - Villagers during funeral prayers of militant Arif Nabi Dar in Pulwama

Image Source : PTIVillagers during funeral prayers of militant Arif Nabi Dar in Pulwama

2. Reyaz AH Naikoo: Reyaz alias Zubair is the Divisional Commander of Hizbul Mujahideen in Kashmir. He was named a commander after the killing of Sabzar Ahmad Bhat. A resident of Tokun, Awantipore, he was recruited in December 2012 is listed under the category A++.

3. Zeenat-UL-Islam alias Alkama: He is associated with Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). A resident of Sugan Zanipura, Shopian, he was recruited on November 17, 2015.

India Tv - House destroyed during encounter between forces and militants in Pulwama

Image Source : PTIHouse destroyed during encounter between forces and militants in Pulwama

3. Wasim AH alias Osama: LeT’s Commander in Shopian, Osama is a resident of Hef Shirmal in the district. He was recruited on March 28, 2014 and became part of the Burhan Wani Group. He is listed under Category A++.

4. Abu Hamas: The Divisional Commander of Jaish-e-Mohammed, Pakistani-based Hamas has been active in the Valley since 2016. He is listed under the category A ++.

6. Showkat AH Tak alias Huzaifa: A category A++ militant, Showkat is the LeT's Pulwama District Commander. A resident of Panzgam in Awantipore, he was recruited on October 17, 2011. 

India Tv - Girl students throw stones at the security forces during a clash in Srinagar

Image Source : PTIGirl students throw stones at the security forces during a clash in Srinagar

Besides these most-wanted terrorists, security forces say that there are around over 100 militants active in different parts of South Kashmir alone.

Major Gen BS Raju, GOC (Group Officer Commanding) Victor Force on Tuesday told ANI that "there are around 115 active terrorists in south Kashmir; out of which 10-12 are foreign terrorists & rest are local terrorists".

Earlier in July, Union minister Jitendra Singh said that the militancy in Kashmir was in its "final phase" with "decisive headway" being made in the last few weeks and months to combat it.

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