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Pakistani militant killed in Kashmir while visiting wife

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  2 Aug 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Srigar, Aug 1: A top Pakistani militant who carried a reward of Rs 15 lakh on his head was killed by security forces on Tuesday when he went to visit his Indian wife in a village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said. The Jammu and Kashmir Police, which had apparently been tracking the militant, called the killing of Abu Duja, whom they described as the Lashkar-e-Taiba commander active in southern Kashmir since 2012, as a “huge achievement”. His local accomplice who died with him in Hakripora village was identified as Arif Lalihaari.
“(A) huge achievement for the police and security forces,” the police tweeted.
Duja, a resident of Gilgit-Baltistan region in the Pakistan-administered Kashmir, was said to be responsible for a number of attacks on Indian security forces, including the August 2015 Udhampur strike that left two Border Security Force troopers dead and 12 injured. “The killing of Abu Duja and Lalihaari is a big success for the security forces and a huge setback to terrorist activities in south Kashmir,” a police official said. Addressing the media with Lt Gen J.S. Sandhu, General Officer Commanding of the Army’s 15th Corps, Inspector General of Police Munir Khan said: “Duja’s killing is good riddance to a nuisance.” Acting on information about the presence of Duja and Lalihaari, security forces surrounded the village at about 3 a.m. on Tuesday and the house.
The inmates in the house, which included Duja’s wife and her parents, were told to leave. The family was then asked to persuade the Pakistani to surrender. He refused, triggering the gun battle. “The operation ended after bodies of the two militants were recovered from the site and identified,” the police officer said. Two houses in the village were destroyed in the gunfight. Meanwhile, clashes broke out between the security forces and stone-pelting protesters as news of Duja’s death spread. Three protesters were admitted to hospitals with bullet injuries and several others sustained pellet injuries in the clashes.
Authorities have suspended Internet services in south Kashmir. Train services between Baanihal town in Jammu region and Baramulla in the Kashmir Valley were also suspended. The police said Duja had broken loose from the LeT in last few months after which he established close proximity with Zakir Musa, who was recently appointed the head of Al Qaeda terror outfit in the Kashmir Valley.
Duja was replaced by Abu Muhammad Ismail as the Divisiol Commander of the LeT, a Pakistan-based group that masterminded the 2008 Mumbai terror attack that killed 166 Indians and foreigners. Ismail had carried out the July 10 attack on an Amarth Yatra bus in Antg district which killed eight pilgrims. Khan added: “Whether or not there are protests and disruptions by protesters during our operations against militants, the security forces will continue their operations.”
Both Khan and Lt Gen Sandhu said Duja was now mostly indulging in “ayyashi” (debauchery) more than anything else. Khan said all the overground operatives who helped terrorists to carry out the attack on Amarth pilgrims on July 10 in which eight people were killed had been arrested. (IANS)

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