Thousands attend funeral of slain militant Qayoom Najar in Sopore

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Qayoom Najar, 45, was killed close to the Line of Control in Uri sector of north Kashmir's Baramulla district, immediately after infiltrating back into the Valley, two senior police officials said.

In the summer of 2015, Najar had formed Lashkar-e-Islam (LeI) outfit after differences cropped up between Hizbul commanders in PoK and him.

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 HM has nearly been wiped out from north Kashmir", Hussain claimed. He briefly fell out with HM/Hurriyat leadership in 2015 when he orchestrated multiple attacks on mobile towers and killing of some civilians affiliated with Hurriyat.

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.

Najar, a resident of Sopore township, was "one of the most dreaded terrorists" in Kashmir in the recent times, he said.

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Meanwhile, the police and Army launched massive searches for Najar after the civilian killings and attack on mobile towers.

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". After his release, Qayoom allegedly reentered militancy and was an active terrorist.

SSP further said, "Najar had joined the militancy at the age of 18".

The killed terrorist has been identified as Abdul Qayoom Najar. "Because killing him would have been a big problem as he was already heading a huge network in north Kashmir", he said.

General Officer Commanding 19 infantry division, Baramulla, Major General RP Kalita, DIG north Kashmir Nitish Kumar and SSP Baramulla Imtiyaz Hussain at a press conference in Baramulla.

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