Srinagar: Army on Tuesday killed Kashmir’s longest surviving militant Abdul Qayoom Najar, 43, in border town of Uri in north Kashmir, police confirmed.
Qayoom according to police sources was killed at LoC while infiltrating. “Qayoom was coming to take charge of Hizb, we had an input and got him killed near the LoC,” a police official said.
Another police official told Kashmir Reader that a resident of Sopore town, Qayoom joined militancy barely at an age of 16. He was arrested in 1992 and later released. After his release, Najar recycled into the militancy in 1995. He had escaped from several forces’ cordons and carried out major attacks in north Kashmir. “He has survived due to his meticulous strategy and hiding his identity for all these years,” the official said.
Active since 1995 and Qayoom was rising in the militant ranks and became chief operation commander of Hizbul Mujahideen. However, Qayoom led a rare rebellion in 2015 forming Lashker Islam outfit, seen as ultra radical in its approach and style.
Najar’s name surfaced after the attacks on mobile towers in Sopore and its adjacent villages in April and May 2015. Qayoom had reportedly exfiltrated later in the year.