Lashkar-e-Islam chief, Abdul Qayoom Najar was killed by security forces in an encounter on Tuesday at the line of control near Uri district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Najar was trying to infiltrate from Lachipora in Uri when he was gunned down by the 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 policemen in Hygam area of Sopore, in the past 17 years.
Police official said that Najar had returned to Indian to take over the Hizbul Mujahideen after it was wiped out from north Kashmir.
Abdul Qayoom Najar, who was first arrested in 1992, was reportedly Kashmir’s longest surviving militant and was nicknamed “mobile tower terrorist” for his attack on cellphone towers.
Baramulla Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Imtiyaz Hussain said –
“He was now tasked with reviving the outfit in Kashmir in the wake of elimination of top militants,”
He had gone to Pakistan after he agreed to a truce with Hizbul in 2015-16.
The 43-year-old was a resident of Sopore.
Najar was involved in several killings including that of a village sarpanch in the area.
The longest serving Hizbul commander, Qayoom Najar joined militancy at the age of 16.
Known as a meticulous strategist, Najar soon rose in ranks and became chief operation commander in Hizbul.
However, he broke away from Hizbul and formed Lashkar-e-Islam after a rebellion. His outfit had ultra-radical style.
He was nicknamed mobile tower terrorist for several attacks on the cellular towers in Kashmir.