Long surviving Kashmiri terrorist killed at LoC

Long surviving Kashmiri terrorist killed at LoC

Lindsey Duncan
September 27, 2017

Qayoom was a resident of Sopore area of Baramulla district and was one of the longest surviving Kashmiri militant commanders, officials said.

Besides, a police dossier said that Najar was involved in a number of militant activities including killings of police personnel, Hurriyat activists, ex-militants and threatening trade and business leaders during 2010 unrest.

Lashkar-e-Islam carried out a series of attacks on cellphone towers in Sopore area in 2015.

Abdul Qayoom Najar, a top commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, was killed in an encounter with the security forces in Jammu & Kashmir's Uri sector near the Line of Control (LoC) on Tuesday.

Lashkar e- Islam Chief was a rebel commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, who later formed the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Islam. He was arrested in 1992 and became an active militant again on his release in 1995.

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Najar started his career as a terrorist with the killing of Hizb commander Abdul Majid Dar in 2003.

"It was during his bid to infiltrate back into the Valley (on Tuesday) that he was killed".

Najar was believed to be in his early 40s. According to an intelligence officer, Qayoom changed his appearance by using wigs and impersonation to deceive the security agencies.

At that time hitherto, unknown Lashkar- e-Islam posters surfaced in the town considered as the support base of Geelani. Officials say that Najar was also unhappy as the Hizbul high command had shifted their focus to the boys operating in Tral instead of his cadres.

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