Kashmir's longest surviving militant commander killed

by Linda Olson September 27, 2017, 0:18
Kashmir's longest surviving militant commander killed

Abdul Qayoom Najjar, described as the longest surviving Kashmiri terrorist, was killed on Tuesday morning by security forces while trying to infiltrate into Kashmir from the Uri sector.

A top police officer told The Indian Express that Najar was sent to Kashmir on the orders of United Jihad Council, chief Salahuddin to revive Hizbul Mujahideen. He carried a reward of Rs 10 lakh.

Defense sources confirmed to IBNS that the militant killed in Uri was carrying a 10 lakh rupees bounty on his head. Najar recently broke away from Hizbul Mujahideen and had formed his own outfit Lashkar-e-Islam which has carried out a series of attacks on cellphone towers. "He was returning to Kashmir to take over the command of Hizbul Mujahideen in the wake of elimination of top commanders of the outfit by security forces". Najar came to the limelight after the attacks on mobile towers and killings of six civilians in Sopore and its adjacent villages.

A resident of Sopore town, he joined militancy barely at the age of 16.

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Najar started his career as a terrorist with the killing of Hizb commander Abdul Majid Dar in 2003. "Najar joined the militant ranks again after being released in 1995".

Qayoom, who was active over two decades in the Valley, was affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen as a top commander till 2015. He used to change his appearances to escape security agencies. "As they were challenged, militants opened fire triggering a gunfight".

"His return was also necessitated because of wiping out of Hizb from north Kashmir", the police spokesman said.


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