Top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Abdul Qayoom Najar killed in Baramulla

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First the office of Vodafone showroom at Karan Nagar, within minutes, Aircel showroom in the vicinity and later a mobile tower at Shaheed Gunj injuring two civilians.

Chief of Lashkar-e-Islam Abdula Qayoom Najar was killed in a gunfight near the Line of Control (LoC) in Baramulla district on Tuesday, police said.

Lashkar e- Islam Chief was a rebel commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, who later formed the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Islam.

Najar was gunned down on LoC in Uri on Tuesday while, according to police, he was trying to infiltrate into Kashmir.

ANI later reported that the dead militant has been identified as Abdul Qayoom Najar.

Born in October 1976, Najar did not complete his matriculation and rather chose carpentry.

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At that time hitherto, unknown Lashkar- e-Islam posters surfaced in the town considered as the support base of Geelani. A top police officer, who has been involved in the operation to track him, had earlier said that Najar didn't trust anyone and had even created fear among those who helped him.

Police had also announced a reward of Rs 10 lakhs for information leading to the arrest of Najar.

The police official said that Najar joined hands with terror outfits at the age of 16. After his release, Najar recycled into the militancy in 1995. Security agencies were convinced that these killings and attacks are the handiwork of Qayoom and his associate Imtiyaz Kundoo.

A specialist in carrying out attacks, preparing and planting of IEDs, Najar was known as the very close aide of Salahudin.

Giving details about the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant commander's death, Hussain said Nazar was baptized into militancy in 1999 when he killed Abdul Majid Dar, the then estranged operational commander of the group.