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28 September 2017, 12:25 | Ricardo Garza
Abdul Qayoom Najar was returning to Kashmir to take over the command of Hizbul Mujahideen
It was a major success for the security forces as Najar was wanted for his alleged involvement in more than 50 killings, including that of four policemen in Hygam area of Sopore, in the past 17 years, Baramulla Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Imtiyaz Hussain said.
Qayoom Najar, 45, was killed close to the Line of Control in Uri sector of north Kashmir's Baramulla district, immediately after infiltrating back into the Valley, two senior police officials said.
Najar carried a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on his head and was classified as a Grade A++ terrorist.
"The troops fired on the militants, who retaliated". He was involved in several incidents involving IED explosions.
Najar, alias Jasahib alias Ishfaq, a "commander" of the terror outfit, was coming to "take over" charge of its operations in the Valley, a police officer said.
According to the Times of India report based on top sources, code named "Operation Arjun", the border force's counter-offensive on Pakistan's pain points saw the latter seek a ceasefire three days ago.
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. Qayoom had also holed up in Jammu in September 2015 before his escape to PoK. "He stayed there with Hizb chief, Syed Salahuddin", the police officer said. 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. Najar was arrested in 1994 and was later released but he re-joined active militancy in 1999. After his release, Najar recycled into the militancy in 1995. "Hizbul Mujahideen has nearly been wiped out from north Kashmir".
"He was one of the smartest militants I have known in my service".
Locals said that government forces have been deployed in strength to prevent protests in view of the killing of former HM commander Ab Qayoom Najar.
Police termed Najar's killing as a major jolt to revive Hizb in the Valley.
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