After the killing of its operation’s chief Mohammad Yaseen Itoo alias Mehmood Ghaznavi, Hizbul Mujahideen has named Mohammad Bin Qasim as his successor in the Kashmir valley, media reports said.
The announcement has been made after Hizb chief Syed Salah-ud-din headed a meeting of the outfit’s “command council” in Muzaffarabad. Reports said.
“The meeting has decided to give the responsibility of operational commander to Mohammad Bin Qasim,” reports quoting Hizb chief spokesman Saleem Hashmi said.
According to reports quoting police sources the new commander could be Riyaz Naikoo, the Divisional Commander of Hizbul Mujahideen for south Kashmir.
A resident of Awantipora in south Kashmir, the 27-year-old Naikoo joined militancy in 2012 and is seen one of the influential militant commanders of the outfit.