Lashkar Islam chief Qayoom Najjar killed while infiltrating Uri sector

by Leslie Wood September 28, 2017, 0:23
Lashkar Islam chief Qayoom Najjar killed while infiltrating Uri sector

Abdul Qayoom Najar, one of the most experienced militants operating in the valley who had rattled the security agencies was killed in an encounter with the Indian troops on Tuesday marking an end to yet another militant infiltration into Jammu and Kashmir. 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", he told PTI.

Defence Ministry sources said the Army also foiled an attack by the Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT) in Kupwara in the afternoon.

Police sources said Najar briefly fell out with the Hizb and the Hurriyat in 2015.

Najar, a resident of Sopore township, was considered to be one of the most dreaded terrorists in Kashmir in the recent times. He was on the radar after attacks on mobile towers and killing of six civilians in Spore and adjoining areas in North Kashmir. "Armed intruders retreated", an Indian Army official said.

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Nazar joined militancy at an early age of 16 but got arrested in 1992.

His splinter group had also killed six individuals on accusations of working as informers for security agencies, which included former militants and members of Geelani's group. Neutralising him would have been very hard as he was already heading a huge network in Sopore, Palhallan, Pattan, Handwara areas of Bandipora and Baramulla.

General Officer Commanding 19 infantry division, Baramulla, Major General RP Kalita, DIG north Kashmir Nitish Kumar and SSP Baramulla Imtiyaz Hussain at a press conference in Baramulla. After his release, Qayoom allegedly reentered militancy and was an active terrorist. That way it is a big relief to us and a big relief to all victims of his activities. He had reportedly married to the sister of a slain militant before he went over to Pakistan in 2015.


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