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JK: Top Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist gunned down by security forces

JK: Top Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist gunned down by security forces

It was a major success for the security forces as Najar was wanted for his alleged involvement in more than 50 killings, including that of four policemen in Hygam area of Sopore, in the past 17 years, Baramulla Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Imtiyaz Hussain said.

"The troops fired on the militants, who retaliated".

A police spokesperson said Najar was baptized in militancy after killing then HM Chief Commander Abdul Majid Dar in 2003.

"After carrying a number of militant activities, he had fled to Pakistan in 2015 and took refuge in a militant camps there", IGP north Kashmir range Nitish Kumar said.

The outfit that claimed the attacks, Lashkar-e-Islam, (police describes it as a splinter group of Hizbul Mujahideen) which hardly had any presence in the Valley. Sources in agencies said that Qayoom had influence of Jaish-e-Mohammad, which had started footprints in Valley again by attacking security forces in South Kashmir.

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SSP further said, "Najar had joined the militancy at the age of 18". The man behind this new outfit was Najar. The security forces had also announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh on him.

"He belonged to Batapora in Sopore town".

"His return was also necessitated because of the Hizb being wiped out from north Kashmir", the police added. Qayoom launched a series of attacks on telecom installations in north Kashmir in 2015 including one barely few hundred metres from Srinagar's civil secretariat which houses the office of Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, the cabinet ministers and top civil administration officers. "He was returning to Kashmir to take over the command of Hizbul Mujahideen in the wake of elimination of top commanders of the outfit by security forces".

Police said that relations between Najar and Salahuddin had soured since 2014, after he demanded more money for militant operations in the Valley.

Asked how he survived for this long, the officer said, "Najar would keep on changing his appearance and would use wigs and move around meekly".

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