Published: Wed, September 27, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Who was Abdul Qayoom Najar?

Who was Abdul Qayoom Najar?

In a major victory over terror, courageous Indian soldiers on Tuesday gunned down dreaded terrorist and Lashkar-e-Islam Chief Abdul Qayoom Najar. "He had gone to PoK in 2015 and was returning to take command of the Hizb", the police said.

The officer further said Najar was called to the base camp in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir by his handlers in 2015.

The Police spokesman described his killing a very significant development.

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Investigating agencies say the relation between Najar and Hizbul Mujahideen Chief Syed Salahudin soared from last September after he demanded more money for running the militant operations in the Valley. A top police officer, who has been involved in the operation to track him, had earlier said that Najar didn't trust anyone and had even created fear among those who helped him. Security agencies were convinced that these killings and attacks are the handiwork of Qayoom and his associate Imtiyaz Kundoo. After his release, he plunged into militancy again in 1995. Read Also: DGP SP Vaid addresses police darbar, says "together, we will take fight against drugs, terrorism to next level" A resident of Sopore town, Qayoom joined militancy barely at an age of 16, and was arrested in 1992 and later released.

It may be mentioned here that Najar broke away from the Hizbul Mujahideen and formed his own outfit Lashkar-e-Islam (LeI) which carried out a series of attacks on cellphone towers in the Kashmir valley. "There were other problems as well", he said.

Najar was the key person behind Lashkar-e-Islam.

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