Published: Wed, September 27, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Lashkar Islam chief Qayoom Najjar killed while infiltrating Uri sector

Lashkar Islam chief Qayoom Najjar killed while infiltrating Uri sector

Abdul Qayoom Najar who was "killed in a gunbattle with forces near the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector" was not only the longest surviving Kashmiri militant but also one of the smartest, a senior police officer has said.

Najar was a resident of Sopore.

Earlier, Police had announced a reward of Rs 10 lakhs for information leading to the arrest of Najar.

Najar joined terror ranks at the age of 16.

For years Najar, one of the most wanted militants of North Kashmir had kept the police and the army on toes.

He briefly fell out with the Hizbul and the Hurriyat leadership in 2015 when he orchestrated multiple attacks on mobile towers and killed some civilians affiliated with the Hurriyat. Security agencies were convinced that these killings and attacks are the handiwork of Qayoom and his associate Imtiyaz Kundoo.

Najar was a former Hizbul Mujahideen commander who was expelled by outfit's chief Syed Salahuddin for playing a key role in murdering innocent persons in the Valley. Police also added that he had exfiltrated to Pakistan in 2015 after he patched up with the Hizbul leadership after some brief differences. He was arrested in 1992 and later released.

Najar started his career as a terrorist with the killing of Hizb commander Abdul Majid Dar in 2003. After his release, Najar recycled into the militancy in 1995. "There were other problems as well", he said. The feud worsened when Qayoom warned mobile operators in Sopore town to shut down and killed local Hurriyat activist Sheikh Altaf-ur-Rehman.

A committed member of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, for more than 12 years, he rose to the position of operational chief of the outfit, before he quit and formed Lashkar-e-Islam. "As they were challenged, militants opened fire triggering a gunfight".

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