Top Hizbul Mujahideen commander killed in Uri encounter

Lashkar-e-Islam chief Qayoom Najar with Rs 10 lakh bounty killed in Uri

"Armed intruders retreated", an Indian Army official said.

The officer further said Najar was called to the base camp in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir by his handlers in 2015.

Defense sources confirmed to IBNS that the militant killed in Uri was carrying a 10 lakh rupees bounty on his head.

According to a senior police official, it was a big success for the security forces 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 state.

A few days ahead of the attack, a newly formed militant group Lashkar-e-Islam had threatened mobile tower owners and mobile companies to close their businesses.

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Najar had unleashed several attacks on civilians, police and the security forces. It also said that Najar, 41, was returning to the Valley from PoK to lead the Hizb, which suffered huge losses in the hands of security forces in recent weeks. "Najar joined the militant ranks again after being released in 1995".

Najar, 39, had been an active part of terrorist operations since 1999.

The things came to a flashpoint in May, when Najar and his close associate Imtiyaz Kundoo threatened mobile operators to close their business in Sopore town and even started killing people including a local Hurriyat leader Sheikh Altaf ur Rehma who had served many years in jail for supporting militancy.

Lashkar e- Islam Chief was trying to infiltrate from Lachipora in Uri when he was gunned down.

Officers say that he kept changing his appearance and the police has reports that suggest he used wigs and moved around meekly.

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