J&K: Terrorist Abdul Qayoom Najar killed in gunfight, says Police

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One of the most wanted terrorist commanders, Abdul Qayoom Najar alias Jasahib alias Ishfaq, of Sopore, was active since 1999 and infamous for killing people who had rented out land to telecom companies for setting up the cell phone towers in north Kashmir in 2015. "He was responsible for killing several policemen and civilians", deputy inspector general of police Nitish Kumar said. Besides ground troops, the army also put a helicopter and large number of sniffer dogs into service to trace other militants who are believed to be still hiding in the area.

He rose through the ranks of terrorists after 2003 following the killing of the then Hizbul Mujahideen Chief Commander Abdul Majid Dar, who had entered into a dialogue process with the Government of India. The officer said Najar was called to the base camp in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir by his handlers in 2015 after he fell out with the Hizb and separatist leaderships. Najar belonged to the Hizbul Mujahideen terror outfit responsible for major attacks in the Kashmir valley. After his release, Qayoom allegedly reentered militancy and was an active terrorist. Sources in agencies said that Qayoom had influence of Jaish-e-Mohammad, which had started footprints in Valley again by attacking security forces in South Kashmir.

He said though he had developed differences with HM but he was actually a man of the outfit.

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His return became imperative for the Hizb as it had been stamped out of north Kashmir, the police said. Najar joined militancy when he was 16 and was arrested in 1992. Najar, the longest surviving militant, was one of the top commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen.

He said Najar was an IED expert and involved in many IED blasts in Kashmir.

"Security agencies kept on receiving regular inputs about the infiltration of militants along the LoC in Uri. Considering that both of his top commanders in north Kashmir and south Kashmir were dead, Najar was sent to take command of Hizbul which has been nearly wiped off from north Kashmir with his (Najar's) killing", SSP Hussain said.

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