Indian Police Kill Terrorist Commander in Kashmir; Protests Erupt

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By Reuters
August 1, 2017News
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Indian Police Kill Terrorist Commander in Kashmir; Protests Erupt
People stand on the rubble of a house after it was damaged during a gunbattle between militants and Indian security forces in Hakripora in south Kashmir's Pulwama district August 1, 2017. (Reuters/Danish Ismail)

SRINAGAR, India—The top commander of an Islamist group was killed in Indian-ruled Kashmir on Tuesday, a police official said, triggering protests and prompting the authorities to suspend internet and train services.

Abu Dujana, of the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group, was gunned down with an accomplice in Pulwama district to the south of the region’s summer capital Srinagar, police spokesman Manoj Pandita said.

Acting on a tipoff, police launched a search in the village of Hadripora in the early hours and killed the two in a fierce encounter, Pandita said.

Dujana was implicated in several terrorist attacks in South Kashmir and had a cash reward of 1.5 million rupees ($23,400) on his head.

One protester was killed and several injured as clashes broke out at several places across Kashmir following the incident.

Unrest has simmered in Kashmir since a popular terrorist leader was killed just over a year ago, sparking clashes that have left more than 90 civilians dead.

India has been struggling to restore normality in Muslim-majority Kashmir, which both India and Pakistan claim in full but rule in part.

India accuses Pakistan of infiltrating terrorists across a de facto border to carry out attacks, a charge denied by Islamabad.

($1 = 64.0825 Indian rupees)

Reuters

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