Do militants look like this? He looks like an innocent school boy. Indian on Social Media are shell-shocked to see the new picture of Kashmir’s “Most Wanted” terrorist Abu Dujana.
The terrorism profile of Abu Dujana
A young Militant commander belonging to Lashkar-e-Toiba has carried out many recent attacks on the security forces in Kashmir Valley. The commander falls in the A++ militant category, highly active, marked man for security agencies and is believed to just be in early twenties.
As per official records, Abu Dujana infiltrated into the Kashmir valley almost four years ago and sent under the command of Abu Qasim, a ‘commander’ of the Lashkar-e-Toiba.
After Abu Qasim was killed in October last year, Abu Dujana was made the ‘commander’ of Lashkar-e-Toiba unit in south Kashmir taking control of four districts and leading a unit of 20 militants.
Abu Dujana is commonly believed to be a Kashmiri belonging to the Gilgit-Baltistan area and for a long time has called the shots from south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. According to official reports, he has had close shaves with death in close encounters with security forces thrice in the last three months.
According to a report in TOI, Abu Dujana was in ‘direct and regular’ contact with Sajid and Waleed, Lashkar-e-Toiba ‘commanders’ operating from across the border.
According to a Tribune report Police officials described Abu Dujana as a secretive militant trying hard to protect his identity. “He is very careful regarding movement in public. He keeps a very low profile and ensures that only a few know him,” the police official said.
Signature Style Ambushes
The Pampore attack on the BSF convoy in Udhampur last year in August, ambush of a CRPF convoy outside Srinagar and the following three-day encounter at the Entrepreneur Development Institute in February and killing of two policemen in Anantnag this month have all been traced back to Abu Dujana, alias Hafiz.
The signature style ambush attacks on convoys travelling on the strategic highway have made security forces to seriously consider more sophisticated planning stretching across the 300-km highway that connects Kashmir with the rest of the country.
Last week two militants ambushed a convoy of CRPF vehicles and killed eight personnel in Pampore. A video shot by a local clearly showed how the two fidayeen militants were firing indiscriminately at the bus.
According to highly placed police officials Abu Dujana had masterminded the attack taking care of the minutest of details and as is now widely known he was instrumental in providing logistics for the attack.
Heavy losses to Security forces
Counting from August last year, the four attacks carried out by Abu Dujana has taken the lives if 17 security forces men that included two army officers. 48 men have been injured in these attacks.