JK: Top Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist gunned down by security forces

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According to Jammu and Kashmir Police, Najar was sent to the Kashmir Valley by United Jehad Council Commander Syed Salahuddin to revive the Hizbul outfit which had suffered many blows of late with its top commanders being eliminated one after the other in the past few months.

The slain militant commander Abdul Qayoom Najar was returning to Kashmir fom Pakistan to take command of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen following the "wiping up of Hizb" from north Kashmir, said a police spokesman.

Najar, the longest surviving militant, was one of the top commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen.

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

Earlier, Police had announced a reward of Rs 10 lakhs for information leading to the arrest of Najar. He later formed his own outfit, Lashkar-e-Islam, which carried out a series of attacks on mobile towers and killed several people, including a Hurriyat activist, for alleged links with the security forces.

Abdul Qayoom Najar alias Janshab, Abid, Wazeer and Qayoom chacha was the son of Abdul Ahad Najar of Batpora Sopore. It also said that Najar, 41, was returning to the Valley from PoK to lead the Hizb, which suffered huge losses in the hands of security forces in recent weeks.

Officers say that he kept changing his appearance and the police has reports that suggest he used wigs and moved around meekly.

Qayoom, who was active over two decades in the Valley, was affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen as a top commander till 2015.

"He belonged to Batapora in Sopore town".

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