Jammu and Kashmir's longest surviving militant commander, Qayoom Nazar, was killed on Tuesday by security forces when he was trying to sneak into India from Pakistan.
The 43-year-old was a resident of Sopore. "He would conduct attacks and then go into hiding for months together", a senior police official said.
The officer further said Najar was called to the base camp in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir by his handlers in 2015. "This killing is very significant". He carried Rs 10 lakh bounty on his head. He was arrested in 1992 and later released. Najar belonged to the Hizbul Mujahideen terror outfit responsible for major attacks in the Kashmir valley. "Najar joined the militant ranks again after being released in 1995".
ANI later reported that the dead militant has been identified as Abdul Qayoom Najar.
Najar, 39, had been an active part of terrorist operations since 1999.More news: Rhode Island gas prices down 3 cents per gallon
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He would change his appearance and gave tough time to police.
A committed member of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, for more than 12 years, he rose to the position of operational chief of the outfit, before he quit and formed Lashkar-e-Islam.
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. The police added that Najar was involved in the killings of dozens of civilians, police and other security personnel.
The officials say that Najar didn't like intervention from Hurriyat leaders in militancy as he felt his writ was being challenged by the separatist leadership.