Farooq Abdullah praise security forces after LeT commander Abu Dujana's killing

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Two militants including the chief commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit in Kashmir, Abu Dujana, were killed in a gunfight with the Indian armed forces on Tuesday in Pulwama district of the disputed Jammu Kashmir.

Born in Pakistan, Dujana was wanted in over three dozen attacks on security forces and civilians and carried a reward of Rs. 15 lakh.

Abu Dujana, alias Hafiz (LeT Divisional Commander, South Kashmir), was listed under the A++ category and the Army had also said he is based out of Pakistan and has been active since December 14, 2014. As the security forces were retreating from the encounter site, some youth started pelting stones at them near the Pulwama district hospital.

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Mr Khan described the rebel commander's death as "good riddance to a nuisance" and said counterinsurgency operations would continue despite civilian protests.

The speed of Internet services in other parts of the Valley have been significantly reduced following the killing of the two militants.

#Dujana was also one of the top recruiter for the militants especially in south Kashmir.

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Dujana's movements were said to have been restricted due to his injuries, which he suffered from a previous confrontation with security forces.

Since then, the Lashkar-e-Taiba has not only gained popularity but also managed to reinvent itself as an indigenous group, as it claimed in press statement released in April 2017. It had become imperative to neutralise them in the interest of peace and safety of general masses, he said.

He had earned a reputation for escaping cordons and giving a slip to security forces almost twelve times before he was killed on Tuesday. "Initially the the security cordon encompassed 15 odd house in the area and after scanning the first nine house, the security forces were greeted with a volley of gun fire from the tenth house", said the police official.

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As the counter-militancy operation was on, over 100 protestors pelted stones on them, the official said. "But, because of Dujana's presence, the other fellow could also not surrender", Khan said. The protesters resorted to heavy stone-pelting on government forces who retaliated with teargas, pellets and also bullets.

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