Top Hizbul ultra killed in gunbattle

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Sep 2017 08:59:23



Najar was killed when he was sneaking into the Valley to take charge of Hizbul Mujahideen following elimination of its top commanders

TOP Hizbul Mujahideen commander Abdul Qayoom Najar was killed in a gunbattle with security forces near the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector on Tuesday as he was trying to sneak into the Valley to take charge of the outfit, a senior police officer said.

It was a major success for the security forces as Najar, Jammu and Kashmir’s longest surviving militant commander,
was wanted for his alleged involvement in more than 50 killings, including that of policemen in Hygam area of Sopore, in the past 17 years. The dreaded militant also carried a reward of Rs 10,00,000 on his head. Baramulla Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Imtiyaz Hussain said, “Najar was killed as security forces foiled an infiltration bid in Lachipora area near the LoC this morning.”

“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. “Najar started his career as a terrorist with the killing of Hizb commander Abdul Majid Dar in 2003,” he said.

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 leadership. The killed commander was sent by United Jehad Council Commander Syed Salahudin to revive HM, whose commanders in north Kashmir, Pervaiz Wani allies Mubashir and Yasin Yatoo, were killed recently in separate encounters with security forces.