Top LeT militant Abu Dujana killed in Pulwama encounter
Top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Abu Dujana, a Pakistani national wanted in connection with many attacks on security forces, and his aide were on Tuesday killed in an encounter in Pulwama district of Kashmir, the Army said.
As the security forces were engaged in the counter- militancy operation, over 100 protestors pelted stones on them, an Army official said.
Giving details of the operation, the official said that security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Hakripora area of Pulwama late Monday night following information about presence of Abu Dujana and his local aide, Arif Lilhaari, in the area.
An encounter broke out between the holed up militants and security forces early on Tuesday.
During the ensuing firefight, both the militants were killed, the official said.
Bodies of the slain militants have been recovered, the official said adding the operation has now been called off.
Abu Dujana was wanted in many militancy-related attacks on security forces and political workers in south Kashmir.
He was category 'A' militant and carried a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head, a police official said.
Clashes broke out in many parts of the Valley following killing of two LeT militants, including Dujana, in south Kashmir's Pulwama district this morning.
A civilian was killed and several others injured on Tuesday as security forces opened fire on stone-pelting protestors near the encounter site where two militants were killed.
Jehangir Ahmad Dar was hit by a bullet in the back while Mudasir Ahmad was hit by pellets in the chest, the official said, adding both have been admitted to different hospitals.
Internet services have been snapped in south Kashmir as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.
The speed of Internet services in other parts of the Valley have been significantly reduced following killing of the two militants.
Authorities on Tuesday suspended class work in all educational institutions across Kashmir in the wake of protests after the killing of the top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander.
All schools, colleges and universities have been closed for the day, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan said.
Khan said he issued the order for the closure of educational institutions as a precautionary measure in view of the prevailing situation.