Abu Dujana, a top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander operating in Kashmir, was killed on Tuesday in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district, police said.
Dujana, 27, and another militant was shot dead during an exchange of fire between a group of militants and security forces in Hakripora village of Pulwama.
“LeT chief commander Abu Dujana of Pakistan along with his accomplice killed in Bandipora, Pulwama. Huge achievement for police & SF (security forces),” Jammu and Kashmir police said in a tweet.
Kashmir inspector general of police, Muneer Khan told JKNS the operation was still in progress. Television visuals showed plumes of smoke rising from a white building where the militant commander is believed to have been trapped during a cordon and search operation launched by joint forces.
Authorities cut the internet across Pulwama district “as a precautionary measure”.
Dujana was among the longest surviving foreign militants in Kashmir, hailing from the Gilgit-Baltistan region in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
According to the army, he was among 12 most wanted militants active in the valley. Police say he was the mastermind in many militant attacks across south Kashmir.
He is the third top militant leader killed in Kashmir since last year. Hizbul Mujahideen leaders Burhan Wani and Sabzar Bhat were killed by security forces earlier.